Conversing with an Object

If an ancient Japanese ceramic vessel could speak, what would it say? How about an African mask or the monstrous skeleton of a prehistoric giant sloth? And what might these things say to one another? By "talking" with objects and creating conversations between different objects, your students can bring artifacts, works of art, fossils, and other items to life. It's an effective way for students to connect with museum objects that might otherwise seem strange or intimidating, and it's a good way for them to practice writing dialogue.

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Last Modified April 8, 1998