TOOLKIT: MEMORY OF PLACE
SUBJECT: HISTORY / LANGUAGE ARTS
ARTIST: CHIHARU SHIOTA
GRADE: recommended 6th-12th grade
Students understand how objects and places can be tied to memories.
Students create narratives around a place using imagined memories but real history.
1. How are your memories tied to places?
2. What can you tell about a place through observation?
3. When you visit an old house or building, what stories do you invent about who used to live / work there?
4. How do historical houses and museums help in learning?
1. Trace of Memory (2013) by Chiharu Shiota
Find a place in your neighborhood that you don’t know much about. It could be a room, a building, a park or house. What do you imagine was there? What did this space used to look like? Write a story about someone who used to live or work in that space. Accompany the story with an image of what the space used to look like. Why did it change? Has it changed? When does your story take place? If it is far in the past, be sure to make sure you are being historically accurate. Your teacher may choose one place for a whole class and your class can all share their stories.
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
Text Types and Purposes: (CC.8.6.6.B.*-CC.8.6.12.B*)
-write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes
Production and Distribution of Writing: (CC.8.6.6.C.-CC.8.6.12.C.)
-produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
Research to Build and Present Knowledge: (CC.8.6.6-8.F.-CC.8.6.12.F.)
-conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration
-write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events
Narrative Content: (CC.1.4.6.O-CC.1.4.11-12.O)
-use narrative techniques such as dialogue, description, reflection, and pacing to develop experiences, events, and/or characters; use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events