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Begin this powerful study on the Guatemalan genocide with a nine-minute video clip, which can be easily found online. The excerpt introduces the class to this tragedy through a personal account, which is what they will be collecting. Discussion questions following the clip drive scholars to deeper thinking about oral histories and justice, and they view a website dedicated to keeping memories of victims alive (linked). Learners then interview Guatemalans or other members of their community, collecting oral histories and reflecting on the experience. Another site offers guidance for this process.
Learners discover what happens when people take advantage of shared resources. In this ecology lesson, students explore "The Tragedy of the Commons" by playing a role playing simulation game in small groups. Learners soon discover the outcome of overusing common natural resources.
Students role play being a fisherman and fulfill the goals they are given from a description sheet. Other students observe the fisherman and record their behavior and actions. The class then discusses how this activity was an example of Tragedy of Commons and brainstorm regulations that could have helped this situation.
Eighth graders study prepositions, plays, and vocabulary. They write sentences containing prepositions and view a list of them. They study tragedy in Greek plays and how they were performed. They identify the parts of a traditional tragedy including prologues, parados, scenes, komos, and the exodus.
Tenth graders analyze the themes in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. They read and discuss the character of Julius Caesar in relation to his ambition, power, and politics and research using the Internet. They write electronic notes using Microsoft Word and create a graphic organizer for a composition.
Before introducing your class to a play, discuss what a drama is, its structure, and some key elements. There are two main types of plays, tragedies and comedies. While the presentation focuses on identifying each type, consider offering some actual examples (Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, etc.). Practice opportunities are woven throughout the show to assess your class.
Students become familiar with George Gist and his life as a Cherokee. In this Cherokee lesson, students research the ways people have communicated in the past and presently. Students recognize that better communication could have helped the Cherokee avoid tragedy. Students compare three languages to our language today.
Students identify the various externalities for any type of production. Using that information, they examine situations in which they are positive and negative. They discuss government efforts to protect the environment and humans. In groups, they discuss different scenarios requiring them to compare the tragedy of the commons to property rights that are clearly defined.
Delve into the world of Greek literature and differentiate it from other literary genres. Greek theater is examined through comparative analysis, structure, and origin. Learners read, work through comprehension exercises, and complete a project in which they research and write a Greek tragedy starring their favorite mythological character.