Middle School and High School
Enrich your field trip experience with these self-guided resources designed for use in the exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America.
These self-guided role-play activities immerse your students in Chicago's history.
Based on the Facing Freedom exhibition, this workshop encourages critical thought about freedom and issues of social justice in American history, particularly in the areas of workers’ rights, armed conflict, public protest, and race and citizenship. Students become historians as they analyze and discuss objects and then add their own voices to the exhibition—curating a display case filled with their selected artifacts and handwritten interpretive text.
Audio Tour: In Our Own Words
Local high school students wrote and performed this tour, which features original interviews, music, and dramatic readings on topics such as the Great Fire, Gangland Chicago, Jazz and Blues, and the 1968 Democratic National Convention. 40 minutes.
You can download the tour to any MP3 player in advance of your visit.
Alternatively, you can reserve the Museum’s iPods for use during your field trip: $2 per iPod; advance reservations required.
Use the In Our Own Words teacher discussion guide—before and after your field trip—to expand on the topics, artifacts, issues, and historical arguments presented in the audio tour
Take a seat in the Jazz and Blues Club and use slang cards to step back in time and have a Roaring Twenties-style conversation.
Climb aboard Chicago’s first ‘L’ car and imagine riding home from a visit to the 1893 world’s fair in Jackson Park. Using character cards, students assume turn-of-the-century personas and engage their seatmates in conversations about their favorite parts of the fair.