Assignment wth Questions
A) An archaeologist is a scientist who studies human history by digging up human remains and artifacts. He was searching for an idol, an object with religious significance. The idol was an artifact. We had a discussion about artifacts and digging up the past in order to understand more about a culture. Artifacts are objects that shed light on the way a particular society lived, thought, and expressed itself. Through a single object, we can connect to a moment in time, a person's life, a set of values and beliefs. Artifacts generate emotional responses and memories. We relate artifacts though our experiences, thus their stories directly affect us.
Essential Question: How do we learn about the past?
B) Performance Task: In class, we studied artifacts that told you about my past (the 1990s). Examples included, a tape cassette, a video camera, clothing, a portable DVD player, sports jersey, action figures, etc. These items were all from the past!
1) Your task is to go on an archeological dig and unearth an artifact that tells a story about the past. Excavation sites may include your parents closet, garage, or your grandparents’ home. It must be from the past!
2) Bring in your artifact on Monday, September 18th, or earlier, for our “Floral Park Artifact Archive.” Your artifact will be on display in our museum, which will be open for one day only.
3) If you are unable to bring in the artifact, please take a photograph of your item or print it out from the Internet. Examples can include (but are not limited to): clothing, furniture, stores or goods from the past like Dunkaroos or Blockbuster Video, toys, communication devices, etc. Remember artifacts are objects that tell us about the way people used to live. It doesn’t have to be ancient just to be an artifact. We studied artifacts from the 90’s and early 2000s.
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