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There are many different ways to learn; (passively absorbing material in a classroom is one of the WORST ways to learn) among the best ways that researchers have found for people to learn about a subject includes active involvement and experiencing as many different methods of communication about a concept as possible. To help you learn a bit more about the things we are studying and force you from your humble places of residence, this assignment requires that you visit and report back about a museum exhibit.

The world is a wide and interesting place, and only through different types of exposure will you (as human beings) get an idea of how amazing, immense, varied and diverse it is.

Parts of your assignment: (all required)

1.      visit a museum (covering the time period we are studying)

2.      provide a photo of you in front of the sign for the museum (smiling, of course!)

3.      provide a piece of literature from the museum you attended (museum name should be easily visible)

4.      a paper of at least two (2) full pages covering the following subjects:

a.      why you chose this particular museum

b.      what exhibit you saw, and why you chose it

c.       your favourite object in the exhibit (a hat, crown, song…)

d.      why that was your favourite part of the exhibit

e.       what you learned

5.      turn in the paper along with parts 2 and 3 on November 28

We are very fortunate that there are many museums in the greater Washington area. Here are a few in DC itself that would have exhibits covering subjects from this class. You may certainly go to a museum not on this list, provided you get approval from the professor PRIOR to visiting the museum.

This assignment is worth up to 20 points toward improving your grade.

Museums not requiring instructor approval:

Folger Shakespeare, Corcoran, National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Oaks, National Museum of African Art , Natural History, Hillwood Gardens, National Gallery of Art, Textile Museum

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