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Critical Challenge - 3

Advise the Curator

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Invite student pairs to select from and work with one or more of the documents from Detecting the Truth: Fakes, Forgeries and Trickery. Inform them that each pair will decide whether the documents they have selected should be kept, used in the exhibition, or removed from the collection. Students are to share their recommendations with the class and to provide sound reasons to support their decisions.

Suggested Activities

Step 1: Instruct students to learn more about the artefact they are assessing by consulting Detecting the Truth, which contains text about their selected artefact. In some instances, encourage students to broaden the scope of their research to an area (such as coins, stamps or maps). The following Appendixes contain graphic organizers designed to assist students in arriving at a reasoned response:

Student Handout 3.1: Identifying Fakes and Forgeries: provides a quick reference checklist to support the concepts "fake" and "forgery." Students are to list evidence that supports the proper identification of the material.

Student Handout 3.2: Assessing Historical Significance: provides students with a continua for assessing the historical significance of forgeries and fakes. If students are to determine the criteria for determining historical significance, modify the Appendix to match the criteria used.

Student Handout 3.3: Recommendation to the Curator: provides students with a template they can use for making their final recommendation.

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