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  • The Morgan's Bookworms: The Morgan's school program designed specifically for students in grades Pre-K to 1. Students will respond and react to the magnificent architecture of Mr. Morgan's Library. Through games, tactile props, and read aloud they will identify and explore the geometric shapes, colors, and many patterns of the elaborate decorative ensemble.
  • Off the Wall Math: Geometry and Architecture at the Morgan. Through various activities relying on observation, logic, and problem solving, students will understand how, a hundred years apart, the architects Charles McKim and Renzo used geometry and patterns to communicate their ideas to the Morgan's visitors.
  • Door to Door: Building the Morgan for a Changing Community. Students will read the Morgan's architecture as if it were a book on New York City's social history.
  • Reading a Building: Mr. Morgan and His Library. Students will piece together a character portrait of Pierpont Morgan by looking at his magnificent library.
  • Writing Matters: Writing Tools in Ancient World Communities. Students will relate local natural resources to trading, communicating, and writing in the ancient world from Asia to the Mediterranean.
  • Mythical Creatures: Students will observe Mesopotamian seals' imagery, and through gallery activities and art projects, they will be introduced to ancient myths and symbols.
  • Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration
    Students will step into Europe's past by reenacting skills and techniques that artists used to create the most exquisite medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the Morgan's collections. They will delve into the art of Western illumination as a means of exploring early Eurasian and African trade routes.

Only this fall!
Tours for Teens: From the makers of history to the master of fiction, this fall the Morgan celebrates American writings with two exhibitions that middle and high school students should not miss:

  • Reflections on a Nation: American Writings from the Gilder Lehrman Collection (September 10, 2013 through January 12, 2014) featuring letters by George Washington, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass.
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul (October 4, 2013 through January 26, 2014) featuring nearly one hundred items representing Poe's mastery of multiple writing genres including poem and short story manuscripts, early printed editions, letters, and literary criticism published in contemporary newspapers, magazines, and journals.

Upcoming Spring programs
The Little Prince from Sketches to Press. Starting in February, the Morgan will offer a unit created to coincide with The Little Prince (January 24 through April 27, 2014), the most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted of the working drafts for Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) acquired by the Morgan in 1968. Students from grades 4 to 12 will explore Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's sketches and textual drafts, and discuss the creative process behind the making of a book.

For more information on these two programs, please


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