My 8th/9th graders and I are visiting the local museum which has a huge Egyptian collection and I spun an idea off of Marilyn Stewart's suggestion about "evidence kits." I think I will use her idea next after they do what we are doing today. I am asking them to choose three different objects from the exhibition, keeping the following question in mind: "How do we know how the objects were used or what they mean?" They will be describing what the archeologists believe to be true about the objects according to the museum information. Then they will guess what clues might have existed which led the archaeilogists to the conclusions they have reached about the objects. I emphasize that their clues should follow some kind of logical reasoning. I have given them an example based on the Egyptian doors we used as inspiration for a drawing since they are already familiar with them. Of course, this will take place the day after our visit. That way they can just keep objects in mind and otherwise concentrate on what we see. I have a catalogue from the exhibit to refresh their memories. I thought that this might work to make Marilyn's ideas more relevant. I will report what happens soon since this is all happening today! Wish me luck.