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Past and Present at the Legion of Honor (6th Grade)

Past and Present: Building Museum Literacy at the Legion of Honor is a 6th grade curriculum guide that seeks to expand student understanding of the cultural climates that stimulated the growth of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. As objects of personal devotion, displays of state power, or funerary implements, art played an important role in the development and organization of these cultures. Incorporating these lessons in your classroom will help enliven historical studies, foster interdisciplinary comprehension, and encourage students to recognize the direct influences of the past on the present.

The Past and Present program engages students in the museum’s collections through a trio of hands-on activities:

Interpreting the Past: Using a cycle of inquiry to investigate ancient art objects
Building Exhibits: Collaborative exhibition development with museum objects for touching
Discovering Detail: In-gallery sketching practice

The Past and Present program requires two hours of in-classroom preparation.

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Ancient Western Object Information Sheet (6th Grade)

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Past and Present: Building Museum Literacy at the Legion of Honor is made possible with support from the Belvedere-Tiburon Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Elios Charitable Foundation, The Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Clive Foundation