Campfire Lesson 3

Campfire, Lesson 3

Tuesday 3/21/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Use questioning techniques to effectively engage with partners (and others)
  2. Recognize media bias
  3. Develop a broadened understanding of their partners by looking at and commenting on #Everydaylife pictures
  4. Navigate the GNG Connect system and develop a habit of checking for partner’s posts

Do Now – 10 minutes

Wednesday

  1. Computers on and logged in to GNG Connect
  2. Post community pictures in the #EverydayLife section. Be sure to include a clear description of what it is and why you’re including it.

Thursday

  1. Notebooks out, open to page 30. Take 5 minutes to write a brief summary of yesterday’s article about the Skeikh’s plan to change how people talk about people with disabilities. Just try to capture the main ideas in your summary
  2. On page 31, please create the template that you see projected up front

LESSON – 50 minutes

Lesson 3

Wednesday:
Today’s work is about exploring how different language and images used by the media impacts the stories being told. We’ll have a chance to consider biasPrejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. (Google Def) and how media bias impacts us.

We’ll read an article about “People of Determination” and use it as a vehicle to discuss these important issues, considering such questions as…

  1. What is Sheik Mohammed trying to do? Why?
  2. Why does changing the language matter?
  3. What is the diff b/t the term ‘disabled’ and POD in meaning?
  4. How does the nature of the story change by using this word?

Thursday:
Now that we’ve seen the power of language, let’s apply what we know to a different article. Specifically, let’s look at a recent news story connected to immigration in California. We’ll read the story together, as we did yesterday. When we’re done, we’ll write a quick summary of the article to ensure we all understood what we read.

What are some alternative terms we could use to describe illegal immigrants that are similar in spirit to the term “People of Determination” (Think about why people move from one country to another)? What language could we use instead that might change the nature of their story? How about other words in the story?

Working in your table groups, find 3 terms in the article that you think could be changed to a different word in order to make the message more positive. You’ll write the 3 words, as well as the words you want to replace them with, on page 31 of your notebooks.

Then, you’ll write the new sentences that these word replacements created. We’ll explore an example together.

Closing – 5 minutes

We’ll finish by taking turns sharing our word choices and new sentences

Homework

You have a bit of homework over the break, actually. It’s listed below but will be fully explained in a Basecamp post as well.

  1. Take a picture of your community and post it, along with a full description, in the #EverydayLife section of GNG Connect
  2. Check the #EverydayLife section at least a couple times between now and the Monday we return and if you see any posts by our partners, respond with a COMPLETE question (details on what a complete question is will be in the Basecamp post)
  3. Check the Group Forums section at least a few times over the break and read any posts by our partners. Either new posts by them or comments/questions they add as replies to your posts. In either case, respond with a COMPLETE question. Remember, the goal is interaction and engagement.
  4. Talk to an elder in your family or community (for example, parent or guardian, grandparent, community, or religious leader) and ask them the following:
    • Can you tell me a story from when you were my age?
    • What were your community and culture like then? How is it the same and different from the community and culture in which I am growing up?
    • How did people from other countries learn about each other without the internet and social media? Did you ever have a friend from another part of the world? What was it like?
    • You must write down the elder’s story and take a photo of him/her/them, and bring both to class upon our return from break.

Unit Objectives

We’re between units at the moment, and will be until after Spring break. However, that doesn’t mean we have no goals for the next 2 weeks. Our priorities include the following:

  • Debrief our recent project in order to spend some time considering what went well and how we might improve on our work
  • Familiarize ourselves with the Global Nomads Campfire program
  • Gain some background knowledge about our partner classroom’s country/culture
  • Start the Campfire program

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Project debrief/reflection

Tuesday

Begin Lesson 1 in Campfire and watch The Danger of a Single Story

Wednesday

We’ll get set up and logged into GNG Connect and complete Lesson 1

Thursday

Campfire Lesson 2

Quote of the Week

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Campfire, Lesson 2

Campfire, Lesson 2

Thursday 3/15/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Develop a broadened understanding of their partners by reading their profiles
  2. Challenge the single stories their partners have heard about them by sharing their own stories and values

Do Now – 10 minutes

Before we dig into Lesson 2, we’re going to view our partner’s Lesson 1 Class Forum post, and then talk about it as a class.

Some questions to consider…

  1. How do you feel about these things?
  2. Is this a single story about us?
  3. Are there things missing?

So our task, now, is to think about how we want to respond to this post. What do you want to correct? What do you want to add? Let’s fill in their impressions with some additional information so they can have a clearer understanding of ‘people like us’. One of us will post our response to the class forum.

LESSON – 40 minutes

Lesson 2

As we talked about yesterday, the real danger of a single story is that they’re incomplete. And I think we can all agree that so much can be gained by deepening our understanding of other people – especially people we are unfamiliar with. It’s like adding another dimension – think CUBE instead of SQUARE – we can just see so much more clearly.

This is what happens when we go from what we’ve heard about others to actually learning directly from them. THIS is what Campfire is all about.

And it’s specifically what Lesson 2 is going to have us doing. We’ll begin with what didn’t get to yesterday…the Values Activity.

Values:
This activity is designed to get us thinking about what’s most important to us, and once we identify it, we’ll use it to tell a story about ourselves. So please take it seriously. You’ll all get a copy of this worksheet that we’ll use to complete this activity, and we’ll discuss the instructions together. You have 10 mins to complete this and zero in on your #1 value.

Now that we’ve identified our top value, it’s time to start thinking about how this value motivates us to achieve things, despite facing certain barriers. We’re going to be telling some relatively brief stories about ourselves based on this idea. We’ll work through the examples in the table below, then I’ll share an example of my own, and then you’ll be creating your own.

Lesson 2 - Values Story

My Example:
Hello, my name is Jeb and I teach at Vista High School. My top value is Learner. I find myself constantly striving to learn new things, but I often find that there is so much information, and so many resources on the internet, that I get overwhelmed and I don’t know how to sift through it all and get down to learning. So, I developed strategies for assessing source credibility, and this helps me focus on just the most valuable information.

Okay, you’ll have 10 minutes to come up with your story, based on your top value. Please turn to page 28 in your notebooks and write the following heading:

My Values Story

Please skip a line and begin writing your story. It’s fine to write several versions, making changes/revisions as you think through it. But please make sure your final draft is written below all of that work, under the sub-heading: FINAL DRAFT.

When you’re done, you’ll be posting these stories to the Group Forum. NOTE: You will be assigned a group number and it’s important that you stick to posting within the group number you’re assigned. You’ll get your group number in class.

After posting your Values Story, please explore your group’s forum for Lesson 2 and if any of our partner class’s students have posted their Values Story, please read it and respond. The foundation of this program is dialogue/conversation, so it’s very important that we are regularly checking the forums and interacting with our Moroccan friends. Not just once, but back and forth, often.

Closing – 5 minutes

We’ll finish by taking turns sharing our Values Stories with our groups, and if we have time, I’ll ask few of you to share with the class.

Homework

Any of the above items we don’t finish in class.

Unit Objectives

We’re between units at the moment, and will be until after Spring break. However, that doesn’t mean we have no goals for the next 2 weeks. Our priorities include the following:

  • Debrief our recent project in order to spend some time considering what went well and how we might improve on our work
  • Familiarize ourselves with the Global Nomads Campfire program
  • Gain some background knowledge about our partner classroom’s country/culture
  • Start the Campfire program

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Project debrief/reflection

Tuesday

Begin Lesson 1 in Campfire and watch The Danger of a Single Story

Wednesday

We’ll get set up and logged into GNG Connect and complete Lesson 1

Thursday

Campfire Lesson 2

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

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Campfire, Lesson 1

Campfire, Lesson 1

Wednesday 3/14/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Describe what Global Nomad’s Campfire program is
  2. Log in to GNG Connect, set up their profiles and engage in online discussion

Do Now – 5 minutes

Please open your notebooks to page 26 and be prepared to discuss your responses to the below questions. We’ll do so as a class.

  1. What does Morocco look like? Describe what you imagine it’s like there.
  2. What is the weather like in Morocco?
  3. What kind of food do Moroccans eat?
  4. What are Muslims like? What is important to them? What do they value?
  5. What customs or traditions do they practice?
  6. If you had to sum it up in a sentence or two, what does the religion of Islam teach?

LESSON – 50 minutes

So, just to recap, let’s look at the What, How and Why of the Global Nomads Campfire program.

WHAT?
Through Campfire, students will learn how to communicate with a group of students their age, hear new stories, and gain new perspective from a region with which they might not be familiar. The class will start with what we’ve heard about our partners. With each Lesson, students will learn more and more about their partners directly from them.

HOW?
Students will talk to their partners via an online platform called GNG Connect, sharing stories and photos.

WHY?
Campfire helps students deepen their capacity for open-mindedness and increase knowledge about new people and places, build skills for respectful cross-cultural communication, and deepen their feelings for their fellow global citizens. In today’s global world, many different cultures live, work, and interact with one another. This is heightened by technology. Campfire is a way for students to prepare for a world outside of their local community. (Global Nomads Campfire Curriculum, 2018)

GNG Connect

Values:
Before we can start engaging in Campfire, we need to get signed up for the digital platform we’ll be using. It’s called GNG Connect and it’s where we’ll be posting some of our work, exploring the work our partners post, and engaging in asynchronous conversations with them.

Before we do that, though, we need to work through a quick Values activity. This is designed to get us thinking about what’s most important to us, and it’s something we’re going to share in our profile once we get it set up. You’ll all get a copy of this worksheet that we’ll use to complete this activity.

We’ll discuss the instructions together, but the idea is that you will be whittling down the list of values to find the one most important to you (similar to the work we did around prioritizing human rights).

Login:
I will be providing you your login information so we can all get signed in. Once we do, please bookmark that login screen so you can get back to it quickly and easily.

Profile:
We’ll finish the day by completing our profiles. This is where the values activity comes into play. You’ll be taking a picture of yourself, with a piece of paper that has your #1 value on it, written in both English and Arabic. There are a few other things you’ll need to do, and if we have time in class, great. If not, it’ll be your homework. This includes:

  1. Pre-program survey
  2. Answer the questions in the “Favorites Poll”
  3. Take a picture of your community to share with our partner community

Closing – 5 minutes

We’ll finish by posting our impressions of Morocco/Moroccans/Muslims, so our partner school can see the things we think we know about them prior to engaging in this program. And, we’ll look at THEIR impressions of us, and discuss them.

Homework

Any of the above items we don’t finish in class.

Unit Objectives

We’re between units at the moment, and will be until after Spring break. However, that doesn’t mean we have no goals for the next 2 weeks. Our priorities include the following:

  • Debrief our recent project in order to spend some time considering what went well and how we might improve on our work
  • Familiarize ourselves with the Global Nomads Campfire program
  • Gain some background knowledge about our partner classroom’s country/culture
  • Start the Campfire program

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Project debrief/reflection

Tuesday

Begin Lesson 1 in Campfire and watch The Danger of a Single Story

Wednesday

We’ll get set up and logged into GNG Connect and complete Lesson 1

Thursday

Campfire Lesson 2

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

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Campfire Begins

Campfire Begins

Tuesday 3/13/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Explain the danger of “a single story” and identify such stories they have about others
  2. Describe what Global Nomad’s Campfire program is

Do Now – 15 minutes

  1. Please open your notebooks to page 25 – this page is to be left BLANK (yes, you guessed it, another cover sheet)
  2. Now that you know that, turn the page to 26/27. At the top of page 26, please write the following heading:

Morocco: A North African country of 34 million people. 99% of them are Arabs (an ethnic identity), and 99% of them are Muslim (a religious identity)

With only the information above, along with anything else you previously knew about Morocco and its people, please answer the following questions (you don’t have to write the questions down, but please number your answers properly). Please skip a line after the heading and between each answer.

  1. What does Morocco look like? Describe what you imagine it’s like there.
  2. What is the weather like in Morocco?
  3. What kind of food do Moroccans eat?
  4. What are Muslims like? What is important to them? What do they value?
  5. What customs or traditions do they practice?
  6. If you had to sum it up in a sentence or two, what does the religion of Islam teach?

It’s absolutely fine that you don’t know the answer to all of the above questions. I’m not asking you for the correct answers. I’m asking you what you’ve heard, what you think, what you imagine that place and those people to be like. So please, answer honestly, and in as much detail as you can, and it’s completely fine to be completely wrong. :)

LESSON – 35 minutes

I’m looking forward to reading your responses to the above. :)

Next up, please move to page 27, and at the top, write the following heading:

The Danger of a Single Story

We’re going to watch the below video, and then I’ll ask you to write something in response. No need to take notes while you watch, but please engage in ACTIVE listening and pay close attention to the video. It’s about 19 minutes long, and well worth your time.

Now, on page 27, below the heading, “Danger of a Single Story”, please respond to these prompts..

  1. What is a Single Story?
  2. Describe a time when someone told a single story about you. If you can’t think of one, describe a time when you heard someone tell a single story about another person or  group of people.
  3. What single stories do you have in your head about others? Tell about one of them here.

Closing – 5 minutes

Please watch this video and then do what it asks below.

  1. Please turn to a peer at your table and take turns explaining what the Global Nomads Campfire program is.

Homework

Respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Tuesday 3/13/18”.

Unit Objectives

We’re between units at the moment, and will be until after Spring break. However, that doesn’t mean we have no goals for the next 2 weeks. Our priorities include the following:

  • Debrief our recent project in order to spend some time considering what went well and how we might improve on our work
  • Familiarize ourselves with the Global Nomads Campfire program
  • Gain some background knowledge about our partner classroom’s country/culture
  • Start the Campfire program

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Project debrief/reflection

Tuesday

Begin Lesson 1 in Campfire and watch The Danger of a Single Story

Wednesday

We’ll get set up and logged into GNG Connect and complete Lesson 1

Thursday

Campfire Lesson 2

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

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Project Debrief

Project Debrief

Monday 3/12/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Explain the importance of refining work
  2. Describe the characteristics of high quality work

Do Now – 5 minutes

  1. Please open your notebooks to page 24 and write the following prompt at the top…

After the listening party, what would you add or change about your podcast and why?

Skip one line and then respond to the prompt.

Please keep in mind, reflection is a CRITICAL part of learning. Whether you did great, or failed miserably, reflecting on the process and outcome is like a 2nd chance. Don’t waste it. Think deeply about what you accomplished, and how it compared to what you heard from others. And then come up with ideas about how you might add to or change that finished product to make it better.

LESSON – 30 minutes

Today we’re going to spend some time listening to a student EXEMPLARa person or thing serving as a typical example or excellent model.. My hope is that by listening to this example – one that scored very well based on my rubric – we’ll be able to identify what it is that makes it such a good example.

Along the way, I’ll ask some questions for you to consider in your groups, and then write down answers to in your notebooks.

High Quality Student Examples

Questions to Consider:

  1. What stood out to you?
  2. Does this podcast tell a story?
  3. If you hadn’t read Of Mice and Men, do you think you’d have a good understanding of the guest/character after listening to this podcast?
  4. Does this podcast make human rights a primary focus?
  5. Did this student example include all the required sections? How about the optional ones?
  6. What did this example include that your podcast did not?
  7. What, if anything, did you think was particularly creative in this example?
  8. What suggestions do you have to improve on this example?

Closing – 5 minutes

In completing your challenge, what problems occurred during the writing and recording process, and how did you solve these problems to complete your project?

Homework

No homework tonight

Unit Objectives

We’re between units at the moment, and will be until after Spring break. However, that doesn’t mean we have no goals for the next 2 weeks. Our priorities include the following:

  • Debrief our recent project in order to spend some time considering what went well and how we might improve on our work
  • Familiarize ourselves with the Global Nomads Campfire program
  • Gain some background knowledge about our partner classroom’s country/culture
  • Start the Campfire program

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Project debrief/reflection

Tuesday

We’ll do some foundation work to familiarize ourselves with the Campfire program

Wednesday

Introduce Lesson 1 in Campfire

Thursday

Campfire Lesson 2

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir

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Project Visuals

Project Visuals

Thursday 3/8/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Demonstrate understanding about the intersection of Human Rights and Of Mice and Men by drawing a unit cover sheet

Do Now – 5 minutes

  • Notebooks out, open to page 11
  • Discuss in your table groups the following prompt:
    • If you were to draw a picture (no words at all, just visual/graphic) about human rights, what would you draw?

LESSON – 25 minutes

Today and tomorrow will be spent completing page 11 in your notebooks. Specifically, you are to create a cover page for our unit on Human Rights. And this cover page is to be visual. That is, it should be a drawing of some kind with the intention of VISUALLY communicating the ideas that we explored in our Human Rights unit.

Yes, you can (and should) absolutely incorporate Of Mice and Men into your cover page.

Requirements:

  1. Use the entire page – that doesn’t mean no whitespace, it just means you consider that entire space as your canvas and layout your visual in a way maximizes the use of it.
  2. This is to be PRIMARILY visual. You can, however, use up to 10 words, but no more than that, and these words should be very relevant to the ideas you’re communicating.
  3. This is due at the end of class on Friday 3/9/18

Suggestions:

  1. Color tends to improve visuals, consider using color on your cover sheet. *NOTE* colored pencils or crayons only, please. Markers bleed through the paper too much.
  2. Share ideas with peers – two (or 10) heads are better than one.
  3. Consider drafting your ideas on scratch paper first. This is a final activity related to the HR unit and I’d like you to demonstrate high quality work. See student examples below…while these aren’t all good examples, and have nothing to do with human rights, they still give you a sense for what we’re looking for. We’ll discuss what makes them good/bad in relation to our requirements.

Closing – 3 minutes

Just clean up…

Homework

None today

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda

Monday

Final day to complete our challenge

Tuesday

Presentations…YAY!!

Wednesday

Testing…

Thursday

Unit cover sheet (p 11 of notebook)

Friday

Finishing unit cover sheet (p 11 of notebook)

Quote of the Week

“The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation.”

Eudora Welty

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