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Special Opportunity to See Archaeological Artifacts Excavated from Malaga Island
The Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibition is now closed, but interested visitors to the museum may still see some of the archaeological artifacts excavated from the island. Please contact the museum’s chief educator, Joanna Torow at Joanna.Torow@Maine.gov for more information and to make an appointment.
Teacher and Student Resources and Classroom Activities
The museum has developed a variety of materials to encourage the in-depth exploration of themes touched on by the exhibit. These themes include ethnicity, diversity, tolerance, environmental history, archaeology, civil rights and social justice.
The lessons and related materials below are for your use.
- Lesson 1 – Introduction to Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives and Using Primary Sources
- Lesson 2 – Visual Literacy and Images of Malaga Island
- Lesson 3 – Media Literacy, Citizenry, and Conflicting Accounts of Malaga Island
- Lesson 4 – Going Beyond Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy- Revisiting Malaga Island with Civil Action
- Lesson 5 – Archaeology and Environment on Malaga Island
Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater
Improv Theater Brings Unique Learning Experience to Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives
During the Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibition, actors from the Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater presented an educational program that portrayed historical Malaga Island residents and possible situations in their lives.
“The Marti Stevens actors dramatized conversation-starting scenarios and discussions that showed emotions, conflicts, attitudes, and motivations,” says the museum’s chief educator, Joanna Torow. “Students were able to see and hear the real-life situations on Malaga Island in new ways, and that led to discussions about tolerance, civil rights, and social justice.”
Seventeen eighth grade students from Rangeley Lakes Middle School travelled to attend the first performance by the Marti Stevens actors in early 2013. Four of the students even performed with the Marti Stevens actors. “Overall, the students loved the whole experience,” said Kelsey Orestis, eighth grade language arts teacher at the school. “The kids who were able to participate in the skits were really taken by the whole thing.”