Tea for Two
By Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, August 23, 2006
- Middle School
- Design History
- Language Arts
- analyze how artifacts can serve to foster connections with people
- write a description of object that has helped them connect with friends or family members
Building Background Artifacts that Connect PeopleThe purpose of this activity is to provide an opportunity for students to examine how historic artifacts helped to connect people in the past. 1. Show students the photograph of the silver teapot from 1742.
Steps for Learning Personal ConnectionsIn this activity, students will reflect on what objects in their everyday lives serve as vehicles to connect and communicate with friends and family members. 1. Ask students to write a description of an object that has helped link them to their friends or family members.
- How would you describe the item?
- Do you think people connected during the designing of the item?
- Do you think people connected during the making/production of the item?
- How has using this item helped you to connect with other people?
- Do you think this item will create a web of relationships when it is passed on?
Create a class rubric with your students that will help them understand the effectiveness of their writing process. Use the following guidelines to help create the rubric.-How effective are the ideas and content of your paper? Excellent Good Adequate Poor -How effective is the organization of your paper? Excellent Good Adequate Poor -How well do the details explain your topic? Excellent Good Adequate Poor -How well do your reasons support your topic? Excellent Good Adequate Poor - Rate how well your writing flows between topics. Excellent Good Adequate Poor -Rate the grammar, spelling, and punctuation of your writing. Excellent Good Adequate Poor