Jan 18, 2022 2022-01-18
“Becoming America: Thinking through Identity, Culture, and Traditions in Early America” is a series of interdisciplinary, object-based investigations into different themes in early American art, culture, and the humanities. The resource emphasizes the value that objects provide as primary sources for inquiry and suggests ways to approach object investigations as a historian or art curator would.
In each unit of “Becoming America,” students work with a variety of objects from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art at The Huntington. Through the process of studying the physical, cultural, and social context of art and artifacts, students make personal connections to the past by putting objects in a particular time and location.
The resource has a variety of interactive features that teachers can use as standalone components of a lesson or combine to create their own rich experiences with objects from the collection:
* Object Stories present a holistic view of an object in an easy-to-read format. Background information includes the social and cultural settings in which the object played a part, and other key details on its physical features. Every Object Story has suggested Questions for Discussion and Activities to connect the object to the essential question or understanding. Many Object Stories also provide opportunities for closer looking with zoomable images, 3D renderings, audio, and video files.
* Interactive Images present additional details and insight about specific features of an object. The Interactions connect various parts of an object to additional background information, key people, or locations related to the object, and provide points to expand investigations.
Object Stories, suggested Activities, and Interactions are linked to curriculum standards and include general suggestions for grade-level applications.