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Lesson Plans

Re: Cornell

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Sun, 14 Mar 1999 21:50:17 EST

I have done "mystery boxes" in which the student has to bring a box from home
(lest they end up using a second-hand cardboard box discarded from the
cafeteria) and turns it into something that "has a secret" in it. I've gotten
closed boxes where you have to figure out what's inside by rattling the box,
boxes with artists' books inside, and boxes with secret compartments. The kids
have gotten pretty excited in the past regarding their boxes, especially
decorating them. I start off the art problem with a discussion of Joseph
Cornell (a personal favorite of mine, actually, and an inspiration for my own
I have a friend who has done Joseph Cornell jars, in which the students are
completely responsible for bringing in jars and filling them up with ... well,
whatever, I guess. Lots of similar things or a few things that are very
different I think is how she did it. I'll have to ask her.