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Writing in the Museum: Myths, Images, and Language at the Palm Springs Desert Museum

By: Martha Plender
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 5, No. 3
Date: May-June 2000

Summary: Plender recounts how the teachers at her site partnered with a local museum to use its rich resources to inspire student work and then feature that work in an exhibit.

 

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And the students are exuberant. Each tour group bursts into the museum, happy to be released from the confinement of the bus. The students receive a clipboard and pen, then gradually, magically, they become quiet. Suddenly, they laugh at the Duane Hansen couple sitting sedately on a bench as they realize "it's not real"... When they are given the chance to write, their heads settle down, and then—when they share—it's extraordinary.

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