Artefacts That Tell Stories

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Educational interest

In December, Dr Benjamin Screech took his English specialists to both the Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The objective was to see how many ideas they could get from the artefacts on show there for creatively-inspired writing lessons. This is sometimes called ‘take one object’ or ‘take one artefact’, in that the writer must then consider the ‘story’ of the object – how it came to be here, what its backstory is, how it may be used etc. They then use their imagination in this regard as a stimulus for a creative writing composition. The students were  coming up with mini-lesson plans for how they might use their chosen object / artefact with children, and were asked to take a photo of their artefact too.

Some of the students’ great work is available to view here.