Art Institute of Chicago Teacher’s Manual

Ok, this one is cool. I was really impressed when I stumbled upon this looking for ANY and ALL existing lesson plans on the internet for Latin and the Classics (there ain’t that many, I can tell you that).


One of the pieces linked to in this excellent teacher’s guide to the museum.

As a Chicago native, going to the Art Institute of Chicago has always been one of my favorite pastimes, and I always try to make a trip whenever I’m in town. As a classicist, I always make a beeline for the Greece/Rome exhibit. Theirs might not be as large and all-encompassing as, say, the British Museum or even NYC’s Met, but I still think it is quite impressive. What’s even more impressive is the fact that they’ve put out a whopping 155-page teacher’s guide for the pieces they do have, all available for download!

The meisterwerk is divided into sections, Egypt, Greece and Italy, and for each there’s a brief history, timeline, catalogue of pieces in the museum, and classroom activities. The activities extend past simple art appreciation; for example, under Greece there are some excellent activities using Greek roots and English etymology. Also of note are the tie-ins to other parts of the museum, where there are mythological, historical or artistic links between the ancient world and more modern works, such as this Leda found in the newly renovated modern wing.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Chicagoland and can organize a field trip, there are even some self-guides, so your trip is productive for the students and not just a day away from the classroom.

Teacher’s Manual
Self guide: elementary school students
Self guide: middle school students
Self guide: high school students


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