The Art of Illumination project is a great way for students in grades 5-12 to experience the medieval process of illumination as authentically as possible. After researching the history, people, and art of the Medieval Ages, students will have the opportunity to create an illuminated text of their own.
This article explains the artistic interaction betwen the Islamic world and Europe and Asia. The technical aspects of calligraphy, painting, and bookbinding are important facets of the study of Islamic art.
We will explore images that pertain to the emergence of Japan as a modern state. We will focus on images that depict Japan as it comes into contact with the rest of the world after its long and deep isolation during the feudal period. We will also cover city planning of Tokyo that took place after WWII, and such topics as the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
This article explains how Islamic scientists during the medieval period made many contributions to the fields of astronomy and astrology.
On March 1, 1896, a massive Ethiopian army routed Italian forces at the Battle of Adwa. The battle marked the largest military triumph of an African state over a European army in the 19th century and helped Ethiopia retain its independence during Europe's "scramble for Africa." In this lesson students read three different textbook accounts of the battle - two American and one Ethiopian - to investigate the question: How did Ethiopia defeat Italy at the Battle of Adwa?
The Battle of the Somme was a definitive campaign of the First World War. Unprecedented casualties resulted from intense trench warfare and new military technologies. In this lesson, students analyze and compare three different accounts of the battle?s first day -- one from a British journalist who paints a rosy picture of the Allied offensive and two from combatants that provide starkly different portraits of the event.
An examination of the results of European Imperialism during the "Scramble for Africa," comparing and contrasting primary sources regarding imperialism. This video lesson includes support materials such as background reading, teaching tips, activities, and discussion questions.
This is a collection of images from Medieval manuscripts depicting important stories from the Bible.
Birth of a Colony explores the history of North Carolina from the time of European exploration through the Tuscarora War. Presented in five acts, the video combines primary sources and expert commentary to bring this period of our history to life. The accompanying teacher guides provide lesson activity ideas, vocabulary, and additional reading resources to compliment each act's theme. The 5 act themes are: First on the Land, The Road to Zacatecas, The Roanoke Voyages, A New Voyage to North Carolina, and , The Tuscarora War.
These porcelains from the collections of the Freer Gallery are part of a 1,500-year-old tradition of making porcelains in Jingdezhen, China. Porcelain production during the Kangxi period (1662–1722) expanded China’s export trade with Europe, sparked the Chinamania craze in the nineteenth century, and bolstered the East-West exchange that endures to this day.
The Smithsonian 3D Program is a small group of technologists working within the Smithsonian Institution's Digitization Program Office. We focus on developing solutions to further the Smithsonian's mission of “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” through the use of three-dimensional scanning technology, analysis tools, and our distribution platform.
This work is already transforming core functions of our museums. Researchers in the field can now come back not only with specimens, but also 3D data documenting entire sites. Curators and educators are using 3D data as the basis for telling stories and sending students on quests of discovery. Conservators are using 3D data to track the condition of a collection item over time using 3D deviation analysis tools, showing exactly what changes have occurred to an object.
Students will learn about stereotypes associated with Muslims and then stereotypes associated with groups in their own school. Students will learn about Muslims - through an article and video clips - look for stereotypes/monoliths in their own schools and create a school campaign that attempts to fight these stereotypes using announcements and psoters.
This web site allows students to view parts of the Bayeux Tapestry which tells the story of early Enligh History through a series of pictures. The activities attached to it allow students to create their own tapestry story along with the creation of objects from the time period. There are also suggestions for ways to tie the tapestry in with other subject areas.
Using documents from the Garrison Family Papers (the anti-imperialism scrapbook of William Lloyd Garrison, Jr.) at Smith College, students will analyze the impact of British colonial rule in India and predict the outcome of India’s nationalist movement.
In this lesson students will identify the characteristics of the Meiji Oligarchs, explain who else wanted to have a say in how Japan was run, describe how building an empire was THE key question driving the Japanese; and demonstrate how Japan built its empire at the expense of China, Korea, and Russia.
This article examines the Byzantine Empire's interaction with Islamic culture and its profound effect on its art.
This article explores Justinian I's rule of the Byzantine Empire. It describes his contributions to law, religion, art, and architecture and discusses his lasting legacy.
Students will use primary source materials: maps, literature, political cartoons, and drawings from newspapers in order to analyze the impact of industrialization in Europe and its change on society.