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A samurai warrior was said to follow a code; a code that made him adhere to values such as courage, honor, loyalty, and skill. Learners examine Japanese poetry and art to see how they exemplify the ways of the samurai. Great guiding questions, worksheet, and PowerPoint are all included.
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed. Learners analyze the chef preparation, mentor rolls, and the French philosophies of hard work versus intellectual work, while juxtaposing it against American attitudes. Adaptations are included that contrast the conflicts of the documentary with similar struggles of other cultures and individuals. This would serve as a great activity to explore cultural differences, or expand a home and consumer science curriculum.
Learners view videos, visit websites, and read about the nature and changes made to the idea of political asylum. Beginning with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, they will explore policy change throughout the years. The lesson culminates in a simulation of discussions regarding the tragedy of SS St. Louis.
Fox Games is an Installation piece that allows observers to walk through a clay environment. Kids analyze the piece, considering storytelling and perspectives of light. They imagine how different the piece would look at various times of day. Images and a full break-down of what to point out to the class in the image is included.
The video clip that comprises the warm up is not available, but the related article from The New York Times and the movie trailer for Aliens of the Deep are, leaving enough material to make this a fascinating lesson on deep-sea exploration. After reading about James Cameron's Challenger Deep submersible, your young scientists write a screenplay about the geology, chemistry, or biodiversity of the deepest parts of the ocean.
“Sometimes things are lawful yet are actually wrong.” Researchers examine primary and secondary source materials as they study five legal cases involving civil rights attorney William Kunstler in which he attempted to use the legal system to bring about social change. An extensive list of activities, assessment suggestions, extensions, and adaptations are included in a carefully detailed resource.
What do the homecoming experiences of soldiers who fought in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan reveal about the politics and culture of the US during the time period of each war? Young historians view The Way We Get By, which tells the story of Maine Troop Greeters, and read excerpts from “Soldiers Coming Home,” and “Homecoming” in preparation for a group research project about the experiences of these soldiers. Resource links, extensions, and adaptations are provided.
A viewing of the documentary War Feels Like War, launches an exploration of the importance of accurate and comprehensive war reporting. Groups investigate various news agencies and assess the factors that influence their stories. A powerful, balanced approach to a controversial topic.
Hear a complete explanation of how a DVD player works. Data is stored in the spiraling groove of a compact disc, and a laser follows the groove, reading the peaks and valleys as 1s and 0s. The teacher even explains the difference between the traditional DVD and a Blu-ray disc. A good idea would be to precede this video by watching the clips on diffraction and binary code, both by the same filmmaker. Your engineering or STEM class will especially enjoy learning this information.
Art inspires art! How does the market drive the world of film adaptations? Studying the economic and social factors of film adaptations helps young readers discover why there are so many adaptations of printed texts. Additionally, they examine the ways the novel or source material for these adaptations is impacted by the process.
Your 11th and 12th graders are ready to critique society! Channel that inclination by studying a novel that offers social criticism of other eras (book recommendations included). This resource presents a well-thought-out overview of such a unit, incorporating technology (online group collaboration, multimedia presentations, etc.), guidelines for class discussion, and more. However, it is a generalized plan, so you'll need to hash out the details of how to make it work best for your class. Contemporary novels are suggested to extend the unit.
Continued conflict in the Middle East makes this lesson relevant, and the inclusion of a critique of Lawrence of Arabia might increase student interest in a potentially challenging topic. The resource includes a solid introduction to the history of the region, suggested readings (both primary and secondary sources), and instructions for writing a movie review that addresses the historical accuracy of the film. A general rubric for the paper is included as well as a sample essay. Though the lesson indicates that it is suitable for grades 9-12, it may be better suited to juniors and seniors.
Build visual literacy, discussion, and critical thinking skills with an innovative art lesson. Young analysts discuss the use of decalcomania, surrealism, and automatism in various contemporary pieces, discuss constructed truth, and nontraditional artists. Then use decalcomania to create an original piece in order to transform a natural landscape.
Bridge cultural awareness, community, government, and art with an introspective and thought-provoking lesson plan. Upper graders become globally and socially aware as they analyze and explore the art of Jeremy Deller. They consider his images of Iraq, specifically those images portraying community hubs. Kids then create photo journals describing the community hubs in their neighborhoods and compare them to the hubs in Iraq.
Learning about new places around the globe is so exciting. Here is a very good presentation about the Ukraine. Information includes cultural traditions, art, religion, government, economics, and historical facts about the beautiful country. Tip: Have your learners create a similar presentation as a part of a research project on countries of the world.
Is there a difference between hunger and malnutrtion? Is this a problem only in third world countries? How does hunger and malnutrition affect the community? Why do these problems exist when the world produces enough food to feed everyone? These questions cetainly provide some food for thought. Are there any solutions to the problems of hunger and malnutrition at the local level or at the global level? Use this lesson plan to stimulate poignant discussion.