adventures in museum-going

Under Pressure: Lesson Plan

The Big Idea: Stress, in many forms, gives rise to change.

Objectives

Learning Objectives

As a result of participation in this experience, visitors will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between our primary object and our secondary objects in relation to the Big Idea.
2. Identify the different forms of stress — physical, emotional, and political — as presented in the exhibition.
3. Describe how stress can create change.

Experience Objectives

As a result of participation in this experience, visitors will be able to:

1. Interact with our virtual exhibition by exploring hyperlinks and watching videos.
2. Visit the websites for the featured museums and learn more about the institution and their collections.

Begin with music: Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie)

Questions

What do you think this is? (tourmaline)

What do you think it feels like?
Describe it.
Where might you find it in its natural setting?
What other forms might it take?
How is it formed?
Where do you see stress in this object? How does this object convey stress? How does stress result in change?

What do you think this is? (Sputnik)

Describe it.
Who launched it and when?
Why is this important to the United States space program?
Where do you see stress in this object? How does this object convey stress? How does stress result in change?

What was this used for? (press pass)

Press Pass belonging to Howard Smith from the collection of the Newseum. Photo © Bruce Guthrie.

Press Pass belonging to Howard Smith from the collection of the Newseum. Photo © Bruce Guthrie.

What was the significance of the March on Washington in 1963?
What risks may have been associated with using this press pass?
What benefits may have been associated with using it?
How does this object convey stress? Is there anything on this object that makes you carrying it could cause stress?

What do you think this is? (jar)

Describe it.
Who might have made this?
How was it made?
What story does this object tell?
Where do you see stress in this object? How does this object convey stress? How does stress result in change?

What’s your first impression? (painting)
What words would you use to describe it? What would you name it?

Where do you see stress in this object? How does this object convey stress? How does stress result in change?
What does the relationship between stress and change mean to you, having examined these objects?

End with music: Changes (David Bowie)

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