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Introduction to Treasures of the World Lesson Plans
The following lessons are based on the stories behind masterworks of art and nature as told in the Treasures of the World television series. Each lesson focuses on the ideas and issues that are most pertinent to the story and most applicable to building students' skills and knowledge across the curriculum. More importantly, each lesson is framed by a Life-long Learning Question, which relates to a higher order precept that students can apply to make these concepts relevant to their lives.

Mona Lisa lesson | Guernica lesson
Fabergé Eggs lesson | Hope Diamond lesson
Taj Mahal lesson | Borobudur lesson


How to use the lessons

Viewing the Treasures of the World television series: The lessons can be used after viewing the corresponding episode(s) of the Series and/or after reviewing this web site. For some lessons, where it would be helpful to review particular segments of the Series prior to or during the lesson, those segments are indicated by time code.

Subject areas: The goals of the lessons align with National Curriculum Standards in visual arts, social studies, history, language arts and life skills, as well as math and science. They can be used individually, or collectively as a unit on the way the things we treasure reveal both personal and cultural values. You may also consider grouping them around other key themes of the Series:

  • Passion and Process (Mona Lisa, Guernica, Fabergé eggs, Taj Mahal)
  • Inspiration and Innovation (Mona Lisa, Guernica, Fabergé eggs, Taj Mahal)
  • Memory and Heritage (Fabergé eggs, Taj Mahal, Borobudur)
  • Mystery and Intrigue (Borobudur, Hope Diamond)
  • Legends and Icons (Hope Diamond, Taj Mahal, Mona Lisa, Guernica, Borobudur)

Grade Levels and Lesson Lengths: Most of these lessons have been prepared for middle and high school students, but can be modified for other grade levels based on what is appropriate to your students' needs. The lengths of the lessons range from one class period to long-term projects.

Formatting: The lesson plans are formatted so they can be printed directly from the screen. They are complete with learning goals and corresponding assessment criteria, as well as materials, preparations, procedures and extension activities. Bulleted points within the body of the lesson plans outline key questions, terms or categories that can be used to facilitate and organize the students' thinking.

Study Sheets: If a study sheet is part of the lesson, there is a link to it within the plans. In most cases, any additional information necessary for the lessons can be found through links to other sections of this Web site. Also included is a list of other useful sites.

Resources: Lesson materials and resources have been identified within each of the following lesson plans. Further bibliographic materials can be found under the Producers' Notebook/Resources section of tihs web site.


Mona Lisa lesson | Guernica lesson | Faberge lesson
Hope lesson | Taj Mahal lesson | Borobudur lesson

Mona Lisa
detail from Guernica
Lilies of the Valley Faberge Egg
Hope Diamond
Taj Mahal
scene from Borobudur

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