Antiques Show & Tell MLA Short Research Project

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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This no-prep short research project is the perfect assignment to have students picking through their past to find interesting artifacts and special symbols of their families' heritage while covering so many standards. Students will love digging through the websites looking for interesting facts, families will enjoy talking with their students about their heritage, and you will love that students are so engaged in this project!

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Student Experience: Set the stage for product picking and research by showing an episode of American Pickers. Then, students choose an antique that is special to their family. They get to know that item and the families better through research and interviews. Then they compile that information into a slideshow to present to the class. This is a show and tell project, so on presentation, you'll enjoying seeing all the artifacts!


Assignment sheet


Episode guide for American Pickers (can be used with any episode)

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Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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