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Skeleton of a boy sitting on the 'D' of 'Dream', from Francesco Bertinatti, Elementi di anatomia fisiologica applicata alle belle arti figurative (Turin, 1837-39).  Artist: Mecco Leone. Lithograph
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Background Information | Lesson Plans

Background Information

Welcome to the Dream Anatomy Learning Station! Dream Anatomy showcases anatomical illustrations created by anatomists and artists of the Western world during the past 500 years. Images and curatorial narrations provide insight into the beginning and development of the science and art of human anatomy. The Learning Station lesson plans cover such subject areas as Medicine, History, Fine Arts, Language Arts and Technology.

The following information will help you guide students while using Dream Anatomy lesson plans:

The Lesson Plans below are designed with middle and high school students in mind. Focusing on specific themes of Dream Anatomy, the lesson plans help educators introduce to students diverse and intellectual exhibition topics. Educators may use the lesson plans as suggested or modify them to meet curriculum-specific learning objectives. Lesson plans with an asterisk (*) are prepared by educators.

  1. History of printing* (6-12 grades) is designed by Gregory Bargeman, the Library-Media Specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington, DC. Students will research and compare evaluation of the historical impact of the printing process and the Internet.
  2. Beginnings of Anatomical Illustrations (grades 9-12) helps students to explore how early anatomical illustrations reflect knowledge of the human body's interior. To this end students will evaluate the contributions of Andreas Vesalius, the founder of modern Anatomy.
  3. Anatomical Metaphors (grades 7-8) encourages students to learn about human anatomy through concepts already familiar to them. Students will use art and language skills to create their own metaphoric human anatomy.