History of the Written Word
Students in Rhett Oldham and Rachel Keim's World History classes collaborated with Media Specialist Carrie Staffen to create a History of Writing activity at Ste. Genevieve Middle School. This lesson introduced the Renaissance Unit to the students by showing them how the written word has been shared over time. There were five stations in this activity:
- Students created papyrus paper that simulated Egyptian paper.
- Students practiced calligraphy. Gothic calligraphy was used by Johannes Gutenberg as his printing press' first typeset.
- Students used stamps that simulated the typeset stamps used by Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press in 1439.
- Students then deconstructed the Gutenberg Printing Press on the zSpace STEM 3D Labratory.
- Finally students learned to type on Selectric Electronic Typewriters.