Viking Voyage Exhibit

Viking Voyage Exhibit

Interactive Elements

Opening

View the exhibit on the Viking Voyage and examine some of the methods they use to make the exhibit interactive.

Interactivity involves letting the audience make decisions about how to experience the exhibit. It can also mean asking for participation from the audience.

For example, the exhibit has a map that allows the audience to see the voyage in order, but it allows the audience to choose which part of the voyage to go to first. An audience member can choose to follow it in order or go out of order without getting lost.

In your museum exhibit teams, find two or three more examples of how the creators made the exhibit interactive. Then consider the following questions and take notes on your answers.

  • What does the exhibit ask you to do in order to gain more information from it?
  • How does the exhibit react to your actions?
  • How does interactivity make an exhibit more entertaining and informative?
  • How might you make your own artifacts and exhibit more interactive?

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Group Exhibit Work

Work Time

During your independent work time today, your group should discuss the research you’ve done and plan ways to integrate it into your exhibit.

In your independent research, you have assessed the author, identified the argument, examined bias, and evaluated credibility.

Share your findings with the group and discuss the ways you’re going to provide the widest variety of sources and information in your exhibit.

Use these questions to guide your discussion.

  • What relevant quotations, facts, statistics, and perspectives will you integrate into your exhibit?
  • How can your sources help you create a more credible, interesting exhibit?

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Theme Statement

Work Time

Now pull your research together to create a cohesive statement about your exhibit’s main ideas.

  • Submit a clear statement of one paragraph or less that explains your exhibit’s theme.
  • Once you are done drafting your theme statement, use any remaining time to assess whether each element of your exhibit is clearly connected to that central theme.

Open Notebook

Share your theme statement with your teacher.

Exhibit Reflection

Closing

Before the lesson ends, assess your work for the day by answering these questions in writing.

  • What new ideas and information did you hear about when other students shared their research with you?
  • How did you integrate those facts and perspectives into your evolving museum exhibit?
  • How do you feel about your museum’s theme?
    • Does it need more work to make it more interesting and engaging for your audience?
  • What work will you do in the coming sessions to integrate information smoothly and to give your exhibit greater cohesiveness?

Open Notebook

When you finish, share your answers with your teacher.

Independent Exhibit Work

Homework

  • Work on any part of your exhibit that is best accomplished outside of class, such as taking photos, conducting interviews, or creating artwork.
  • Work on your additional annotated article, which is due in Lesson 23.