Every Object Tells a Story
The value of objects
Aim of the activity: to discuss different reasons why objects might have a special value or meaning to individuals, families and communities.
Discuss as a group the different reasons why people might care about a certain object. Begin with the objects the learners chose to bring in to show the class – why were these objects special? What other reasons can the group think of? Answers could include:
- It’s worth a lot of money
- It reminds you of happy times
- It belonged to someone else in your family
- It makes your life easier
- It is connected with a particular hobby or interest
- You’ve had it a long time
Create a spider gram of all these different reasons you can think of.
- Can objects you use everyday also have a special meaning? Can learners think of any examples of these?
- Gold and jewellery have a special meaning to many societies. What does gold mean in your community? What does it mean in other communities? Does anyone have a piece of gold or jewellery that means something special to them? Why is jewellery such a popular ‘special object’?
- Can the group think of any objects that are important to their whole community? What about buildings, statues, or places that are important in the community?