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    Welcome to the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW guide for teachers. If you are looking for new ways to get your students excited and engaged in history, geography, the arts and society, and a range of other topics, you've come to the right place. This area of the Web site helps you integrate the study of material cultureIn a given community or society, the material objects that people make, collect, and use, which give insight into the beliefs and customs held by that community. (artifacts and objects) into your teaching, using objects appraised on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Through questions, activities, and other resources, students take a closer look at the "things" people have used throughout history to create history — their own, their communities', and the world's — and gain new insights and a sense of wonder about the people and events of the past, the present, and perhaps the future.


    We are surrounded by things, and we are surrounded by history. But too seldom do we use the artifacts that make up our environment to understand the past. Too seldom do we try to read objects as we read books — to understand the people and times that created them, used them, and discarded them.

    In part, this is because it is not easy to read history from things. They are illegible to those who know how to read only writing. They are mute to those who listen only for pronouncements from the past. But they do speak; they can be read.

    — from History from Things: Essays on Material Culture,
        edited by Steven Lubar and W. David Kingery

    Part mystery, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is the most-watched primetime series on public television. From 1997, when the series debuted, through 2007, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW producers crisscrossed the United States, taping appraisals of close to a million objects in nearly 100 road trips and 66 cities. The program has attracted a wide-ranging audience, including parents and children of all ages. Educators across the country have incorporated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW into their classrooms as a way to engage students in the world of material culture, to support social studies and humanities programs, to sharpen kids' Mid-20th-Century observational- and critical-thinking skills, and to bring to life the periods of history they are studying.

    This guide is designed to help teachers use ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, its new Roadshow Archive, and this Web site in the classroom. The primary audience for the guide is teachers of middle school history, geography, world cultures, and civics; but ANTIQUES ROADSHOW has myriad interdisciplinary and cross-curricular applications for teachers at other grade levels and subjects, including art, literature, English, writing, math, science, health, psychology, sociology, and economics.

    These supplementary materials will enrich your lessons and deepen students' understanding of core curricular content while encouraging them to make connections to the objects and artifactsAn object made by a human being, typically an item of historical or cultural interest. in their own lives and communities. Watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal videos will capture students' interest and stimulate their thinking, while the questions and activities will offer a starting point for exploring key themes and topics (see suggestions under Curriculum Connections under Featured Objects, or create your own). Additional objects (beyond the ones appearing under Featured Objects) are contained in the Roadshow Archive.

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