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  • Lesson Plan: A Rite of Passage

    Explore the ways rituals, ceremonies, and rites of passage play an important role in communities around the world through an investigation of related objects.

  • Lesson Plan: Ancient Animals at Work

    Identify ways animals (past and present) enhance daily life through a close look at an ancient figurine and art making.

  • Lesson Plan: Ancient Mesopotamia—Literacy, Now and Then

    From cuneiform inscriptions to digital tablets, this lesson highlights changes and continuity in written communications across the ages.

  • Lesson Plan: Animal-Inspired Masks and Masquerades

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    Help students understand the connections between art and the environment of Guinea, animal anatomy, and the cultural context of the Banda mask with the help of viewing questions and a dance activity in the Museum's African Art galleries.

  • Lesson Plan: Arabic Script and the Art of Calligraphy

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    Students will be able to identify visual qualities of several calligraphic scripts; recognize ways artists from the Islamic world engage various scripts to enhance works of art supporting a range of functions; and assess the merits of several computer-generated fonts in supporting specific uses.

  • Lesson Plan: Architecture and the Natural World

    How can buildings reflect the relationship between people and the environment? Explore possibilities in this lesson plan featuring an ancient Egyptian temple.

  • Lesson Plan: Armor—Function and Design

    Identify moveable and static features of armor as well as functional and symbolic surface details and examine similarities and differences between human and animal "armor" through classroom viewing questions. Enhance the lesson with a sketching activity based on an English suit of armor in the Museum's collection.

  • Lesson Plan: Art and Empire—
    The Ottoman Court

    Students will be able to recognize ways a tughra functioned as a symbol of power and authority within a culturally diverse and geographically expansive empire.

  • Lesson Plan: Beyond the Figure

    Consider how artists convey personality in nonfigural portraits and the relationship between visual and verbal expression by looking at a painting by Charles Demuth in the Museum's Modern and Contemporary galleries and through a portrait-making activity in the classroom.

  • Lesson Plan: Bravery Stands Tall

    Examine a major turning point in the American Revolution through a close look at this depiction of General Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River.