Keeping Us in Stitches Activity: Be a Quilt Detective
to help the students understand that history is recorded in a handmade object.
This is a
activity similar to the historical research activity in the Behind the Scenes
work similar to this could be carried out on other historical objects.
State Museum Web site used: http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/art/htmls/ks.html
students will be able to find information about quilt identity
written sources, online sources, and people, condense and rewrite this
in the form of a report or exhibit label, and tell about newly
family history uncovered during their research.
Required: one class period (with quilter help), or two class periods
and with library loans), homewrok assignment to interview owner.
antique or family quilt per student or group (if there aren't enough, perhaps
guild or quilting group could help)
of online sources and written quilt resources to be acquired from interlibrary
of people to contact, like experts, family members, quilters
Information about family objects gets lost because we do not ask questions of
soon enough. The older family members get too ill to answer the questions, documents
or the object and the family member with the information become separated. A
history is lost when this happens.
are interesting stories to be heard from the people who made or used the quilts.
often associated with events or people in family members' lives. Class members
can learn about
families and friends while researching a quilt. The information can be published
as an exhibit
for a class quilt show or in some other form of writing determined by the teacher.
from the research can add to a written history of the owners of the quilts.
Students view ISM online quilt unit, visit other quilting web sites, read books
brainstorm about aspects of a quilt that might tell them when it was made, by
materials, in what design, for whom, etc.
the owner of the quilt to determine origin, maker, date, family stories.
notes along the way.
conflicts in information.
to conclusions based on information.
up conclusions as a report for all members, go through the editing process
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