This activity uses an object from the National Museum of American Diplomacy’s collection and a video to teach students concepts of diplomacy. This activity is a similar but longer version of the Mini Object-Based Learning activity.
This activity uses the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Thinking Routine called The 4C’s. The 4C’s routine provides learners with a structure for object or text-based discussions built around making connections, asking questions, identifying key ideas, and considering application.
This activity also asks students to connect objects in the collection with our tools of diplomacy list. More information about the tools of diplomacy, including a key, can be found in the Appendix.
- Distribute the worksheet on slide 5 to students in a printed or digital format.
- Select a video to watch and objects to analyze.
- After watching the video, introduce the correlating object or group of objects of interest in the slides. The slides may be shared in a printed or digital format. The object description, correlating video, and explanation of the object are linked in the speaker notes of each object slide.
- Show students the tools of diplomacy infographic on slide 6. Walk through the examples.
- Instruct students to work in their small groups or individually to fill out the worksheet.
- Once students complete the worksheet, guide a discussion or have students share their findings with the class.
Grades: Secondary (6-12)