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Background For Teachers:
William and Mary 1700-1725
Queen Anne 1720-1755
2. Why study furniture styles? Before starting the styles impress upon them that we study furniture styles because it reflects on people. Furniture arose out of a human need. Some furniture is for function and other furniture arose for appearance. Have them think about this as you study styles.
3. From magazines have the students find a piece of furniture that they really like.
4. Divide the class into groups, enough so that you have five people in each group. Now in each group have them number off 1 to 5. Divide into second groups according to their numbers. All the ones go together, all the twos, etc. Put labels on the tables. For example, there are a Jacobean and a William and Mary table. Each of the new groups was assigned two of the styles.
5. Hand out the worksheet for them to fill in. Emphasize that, at this point, they only have to fill in the two styles they are assigned. They have ten minutes to take notes on their styles. They need to write down any distinguishing features and main information. They must be thorough enough to go back and teach their first group about their style. They also need to look in the book and find some examples of the style to show to the group.
6. Move back to original group. Each group member will report to the other group what they learned about their styles. There is to be no copying.
7. To reinforce what they have just learned show the Styles PowerPoint presentation. As you show it, have them write down on their furniture pictures (cut out from magazines) any distinguishing features the furniture may have and from what period it could have originated.
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