It's a coffin!!
I know! Amazing. I had no idea.
|Screenshot from a the MIA|
I wanted to see if there was more 'fantasy coffins' so I did a Google search and it brought me to, Ghanaian Coffins Website. WOW there are a ton! One can be buried in an animal, a show, a coke bottle and so on. On the National Museum of Funeral History, The coffins have been explained in this way,
"Ever seen a coffin made to resemble a chicken? How bout a Mercedes Benz? A lobster? A Life Well Lived: Fantasy Coffins- Kane Quaye displays 12 coffins,
This would be very fun lesson for your students and could be extended to any length. I plan to use this as a sub plan.
Ages intended for: K-12th grade.
- First have students brain storm objects or animals that represents them. Perhaps fold a paper in half and write an object/animal on the left side and the reason why it represent them on the left. Get many ideas and make this a social process, allowing students to talk amongst each other.
- Show one image of a coffin and allow students to guess what the picture is.
- Show coffins from the MIA and Ghana, talk about the origin of these fantasy coffins (some information and links above)
- Ask students to design a coffin for themselves. They can use the object/animals that they brainstormed before. They must draw their coffin from 3 angles (top view, side few and an open view) Encourage students to be detailed.
- If time remains, students can color their design, create another one for friends, family members, or pets. Or their can be a pair and share for their creations.
Feel free to use the worksheet provided below (click here)