Sample Lesson Plans
The lesson plans provided here were produced by 2018 Academic Partnerships summer interns, following intensive time spent rehousing collections excavated from Harvard Yard. Selecting the items that most inspired them, each intern researched collections, got excited by particular themes, and developed a lesson plan designed to engage students with the same sense of novelty and discovery they experienced encountering collections. Interns then gave their lessons a "test-run" with a group of volunteers and, with the feedback provided from participant evaluations, produced the final products provided below.
Borrow these lessons in their entirety, or to use them as inspiration in finding your own ways of connecting students to collections; eliciting student participation in your classroom; and connecting concrete materials of the past to broader questions of theory and relevant concerns of today.
Eli Russell, Health, Luxury, or Vice?: An Objects-Based Exploration of the 1894 Cambridge Drug Store Crisis