Summer Activity: History
Understanding history as a continuous process and to be a participant in the making of history are the objectives of this activity.
Visit an area of study, usually done through an observation walk through this area and some random interviews with people you encounter. After returning brainstorm your first impressions of the study area. These activities will provide you with an area of study, both geographically and thematically.
The observation walk will lend itself to an interesting theme for a collage, which you can do as a group. Begin by collecting picture postcards, newspapers and magazine photographs of your area of study. Now draw out a rough map of your observation walk, pasting these pictures along with any sketches you have made or photographs taken on the walk. Add captions to enliven your collage.
Illustrating legends and myths of the area of your study would be fascinating, as words and stories fill our minds with colours and images. Write down a legend you have read/heard about in your area of study. Then sketch out different compositions that will help illustrate it. For eg., the style of the Moghul miniatures may help us devise interesting illustrations for the story of Adham Khan.
A worthwhile classroom discussion could emerge from the question: Which of the events of the past 50 years, or even 10 years will be included in the pages of history?
EXPLORING AN ENVIRONMENT
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