Using this Guide
This guide supplies background information and historical context for eight objects appraised on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, along with questions and activities to help students explore deeper, appraisal video clips to engage students' interest, and resources for teachers and students. The guide also models how to integrate the study of any 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. into the classroom, including other ANTIQUES ROADSHOW objects contained in the Roadshow Archive.
The eight items featured in this guide belong to a range of categories (e.g., furniture and decorative arts, clothing, household items, art, sculpture, toys, collectiblesCollectibles come in three forms: Artistic and historic objects that are less than 100 years old; popular items that are mass-produced but that may not have any individual artistic merit; and objects that gain value because of their associations., and books and manuscripts). They also represent historical eras and cultures ranging from ancient Egypt to 20th-century America. Over the next few years, we hope to develop an expanded version of this guide that highlights additional ANTIQUES ROADSHOW artifactsAn object made by a human being, typically an item of historical or cultural interest., including multiple objects categorized by historical periods (such as, World War II, the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Ming Dynasty).
To begin your exploration, see the Objects Overview page, which gives a brief description and historical era for each object, along with appraisal prices, curricula connections, and related National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Standards. Then, select the object you wish to explore.
To capture your students' attention and imaginations, show them the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW appraisal video for the chosen object. Then, investigate the object using the educational resources and activities provided in this guide.
For general strategies and resources to help you use material culture in the classroom, see Exploring Material Culture in the Classroom.
You may want to have students watch the appraisal video clip twice — once for general interest and then again to place the items in context and address the suggested questions and activities. The clips are short, between three or four minutes.