Florida Cultural History through Imagery
Procedure for Classroom Activity
1. Discuss how students can become good historical detectives and uncover clues from history. Students will have visited the site to search for evidence and hunt for clues.
2. Divide the class into groups. Each group should select a presenter. Students will use different sets of images to compare and contrast. Ask students to play detective. They will carefully observe details to analyze each photographic clue, keeping in mind that photographers, architects and artists, like speakers and writers, have points of view and a story to tell.
3. Brainstorm to discern the historical circumstances, conditions, geographical setting, economy, social status, and cultural interaction evidenced in the images. Students will determine the bias or perspective of the artist. Students will ask questions; who, what, where, why, how, when, to form a hypothesis about the image; we think, we believe, because. Students will search for other clues to test their hypothesis. The presenter from each group will present their findings.
4. Debate the findings. Did other groups reach the same conclusion? Rethink the original hypothesis and make necessary changes according to the findings of other students.
Review and Evaluation
1. Summarize and review students responses to the statements. Discuss in particular any of the criteria or conditions that have been identified during the activity. Also discuss reasons why students may have changed their opinions during the activity.
2. Have students create or cut pictures from newspapers or magazines that reflect the image of their culture today from their perspective.
3. Compare and contrast images of today and yesterday.
Procedure for Field Trip Activity
1. Plan a field Trip to the host museum of Myths and Dreams: A Millennial Exhibition Exploring the Cultural Legacies of Florida and the Caribbean. (See web site for schedule).
2. Follow the same procedure for classroom activity using the images in the exhibition rather than the web site.
Florida Department of Education
Sunshine State Standards
Social Studies 6-8
Time, Continuity, and Change [History]
Standard 3: The student understands Western and Eastern civilization since the Renaissance.
Standard 4: The student understands U.S. history to 1880.
Standard 6: The student understands the history of Florida and its people