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Archaeology Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers explain the history and specializations within the field of archaeology to students. Students will research sub-disciplines of archaeological study.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on archaeology, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about archaeology.
  • Summarize the specializations and sub-disciplines in the field of archaeology.
  • Describe how archaeologists in a particular sub-discipline contribute their expertise to the collective understanding of culture and history.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.9

Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

Vocabulary

  • anthropologist
  • antiquarianism
  • archaeological dig
  • archaeologist
  • archaeology
  • artifacts
  • cultures
  • experimental archaeology
  • historian
  • historic archaeology
  • nationalism
  • niche
  • physical remains
  • prehistoric archaeology
  • protohistoric archaeology
  • taphonomy
  • trowels

Materials

  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pencils or pens
  • Access to reference materials
  • Trifold presentation boards
  • Rubber cement
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students prior to watching the lesson.
  • Watch What is Archaeology? - Definition, History & Topics as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What is archaeology?
    • What is the difference between physical remains and artifacts?
    • What type of information do archaeologists hope to gain from their findings?
    • What is the motivation for antiquarianism?
    • Who is responsible for the first archaeological digs in America?
    • What was this person interested in learning about?
    • What are some of the tools that are used by archaeologists?
    • What are some areas of specialization for archaeologists.
    • What is the difference between a specialization and a sub-discipline of archaeology?
    • Describe the three main branches of archaeology.
    • What is taphonomy?
    • What are the benefits of experimental archaeology?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.

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