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Slide Lectures
Writing for the Public
Preparing Tour Guides
Web Site Presentation Tips and Tools
Archaeology Fairs
Lesson Plan Tips


Slide Lectures

Communicating with the Public Part I: Slide Lecture Tips
(Point your browser to pages 23 and 24)
This article by Mary Kwas was published in the SAA Archaeological Record 1(4):23-24, 2001.

Writing for the Public

The Archaeologist as Storyteller: How to Get the Public To Care About You you do.
(Point your browser to pages 7-10)
The advice on writing for the public by Peter Young (Editor-In-Chief, Archaeology Magazine) was published in the SAA Archaeological Record 3(1): 7-10, 2003.

Communicating With the Public Part III: Writing for the Public and Making It Look Good
(Point your browser to page 30 and 31)
This article by Mary Kwas was published in the SAA Archaeological Record 2(1):30-31, 2002. It provides tips for designing written materials that are desirable to read.

Science Writers in Archaeology (about.com)
For those looking for a science writer, K. Kris Hirst (the Guide at archaeology@about.com) has compiled this list of science writers that publish on archaeology and anthropology for the general public audience.

Preparing Tour Guides

Communicating With the Public Part IV: Tips for Writing a Tour Guide
(Point your browser to page 21)
This article by Mary Kwas was published in The SAA Archaeological Record 2(3):21, 2002.

Web Site Presentation Tips and Tools

KEEP Toolkit
(Knowledge Media Lab at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)
The Knowledge Exchange Exhibition and Presentation (KEEP) toolkit is a set of web-based tools that help teachers, students, and institutions quickly create compact and engaging knowledge representations on the Web. This resource was developed by the Knowledge Media Laboratory of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With the KEEP Toolkit, you can: "Transform materials and reflections into visually appealing and intellectually engaging representations that can be easily shared online or in print...Share ideas for peer-review, assessment, collective knowledge building, and others purposes to advance teaching and learning as a community of practice and reflection..." and.."Simplify the technical tasks and facilitate the evolving intellectual processes involved in knowledge building and sharing". The (KEEP) Toolkit is open-source (available to educators, students, departments, and education organizations at all levels as a free service). The package guides users through framing questions, directions, and rubric templates that help to organize materials for effective sharing of information. Background on the KEEP Toolkit project itself can be found on their "about" page. This web site by Kelly Britt is an example of KEEP used for Public Archaeology needs.

Archaeology Fairs

Producing Effective Exhibits for Archaeology Fairs
(Point your browser to pages 11 and 12.)
This article by Amy Douglass offering practical advice about eye-catching and informative exhibits was published in the SAA Archaeological Record 3(2):11-12, 2003.

Lesson Plan Tips

Key to Classroom Content
Written by Barbara Gronemann, a former classroom teacher and museum educator, this article from Archaeology & Public Education (Vol. 8, No. 3, 1998:7-9) includes a template for planning a hands-on classroom lesson.

How to Develop A Lesson Plan (Educator's Reference Desk)
This guide was written by Manal El-Tigi, Ph.D., Department of Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation - Syracuse University. She was one of the principal editors and reviewers of the AskERIC Lesson Plan Collection from 1996 - 2000.

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