Lesson Plan

What Masks Reveal

Mardi Gras mask, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Mardi Gras mask, New Orleans, Louisiana.

In this lesson, students explore the cultural significance of masks by investigating the role they play in ceremonies and on special occasions in societies from widely separated regions of the world. They then reflect on masking behavior in American society, such as at Halloween and in the circus.

Guiding Questions

What can masks tell us about the people who make them?

Learning Objectives

Analyze the social purpose and significance of cultural artifacts such as masks.

Evaluate the influence that stereotyping can have on one's response to artifacts of a different culture or society.