The Fascinating History of Cemeteries

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Instructional Ideas

  • Prepare students by discussing the use of animation to present serious topics: What are the potential benefits and dangers of such an approach? 
Classroom Considerations

  • The video is not appropriate for individuals or communities who are grieving loved ones or who have strong feelings about the sanctity of the human body
  • Requires vocabulary and geography preparation for full comprehension

Pros

  • Boldly presents material that is often ignored in secondary social studies/history because of its potential delicacy
  • Detailed cultural information across time may open individuals’ eyes to practices beyond their own communities
  • The Think and Dig Deeper features offer rewarding discussion and research topics
Cons

  • Potentially unsettling for some individuals: mentions of cannibalism and irreverent treatment of the dead in the images may cause distress