Practice analyzing primary sources outside of the classroom! As history detectives, students will investigate over 215 years of the Read House from the perspective of a museum curator. They will pull apart historical objects, examine Read House documents, and analyze photographs to uncover the voices that shaped the ways in which the house has looked over time from federal mansion to historic house museum. Using their detective skills, students will consider the choices that were made to preserve the house and how those, too, have played an active role in constructing the Read House’s story. Then, to practice the historian’s craft, students will take on the 45-minute Exhibition Challenge! Each small team will each create its own exhibition plan complete with a set of themes/goals, rough design, and exhibition objects checklist to pitch to a panel of expert judges. By the end, one group will be crowned Curatorial Team Champions!
$4.50 per student, 135 minutes (1-hour tour + 75-minute activity), Grades 7–12
Delaware Standards: History 1.6-8a, 1.9-12a, 2.6-8a, 2.9-12a, 2.6-8b, 2.9-12b, 3.6-8a, 3.9-12a, 4.9-12a, 4.9-12b; Visual Arts 2,3,4,5
Common Core Curriculum Standards: SL.7-12.1a-d, 3, 4, 6; RI.7-12.3-4, RI.7-12.6-9; W.7-12.4, W.7-12.7-9; L.7-12.1a-d, L.7-12.6