Mini Object-Based Learning Activity
This 15-minute activity uses an object from the National Museum of American Diplomacy’s collection and a video to teach students concepts of diplomacy. This activity can be used as a bell-ringer, introducing the class to a topic, or as an exit ticket, helping students explain their thinking at the end of a lesson.
This activity uses the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Thinking Routines: Name, Describe, Act; Think, Puzzle, Explore; and The Explanation Game. These routines help students summarize a subject and come to their own conclusions.
- Select a video from one of the seven Foundations of Diplomacy videos to watch with the class, available in the slide deck.
- Watch the video with the class.
- Display the accompanying object and its description to the class or pass out a hard copy.
- Use one of the visual thinking routines to ask your students questions about the object.
Grades: Secondary (6-12)