A lesson plan overview
Overview: With everything going on in the world today it is vital that we help students overcome the various stereotypes that we have come accustom to through various media. From terms we hear in school (like jock and nerd) to stereotypes of cultures from around the world this lesson will help students will develop a better understanding of the concept of stereotyping. They will think critically about images and media that portray various cultures, countries and their inhabitants, make determinations about the impact of the images on their perceptions, and consider ways to overcome these stereotypes as well as use culturally appropriate interactions.
Essential/Driving Question: Can you explain the typical characteristics associated with the stereotype? How do news items, movies, advertisements, and jokes that characterize various cultures and how can studying other cultures help you understand and get along with classmates that are different from you
Standards: 12.3.1.S1.B: Use culturally appropriate memorized expressions and gestures for basic social interactions. 12.3.1.S1.C: Model life skills and social interactions in the target language culture and in one’s own culture. 12.5.1.S1.A: Introduce one’s self and respond to simple questions in the local and regional community. 12.5.1.S1.A: Introduce one’s self and respond to simple questions in the local and regional community.12.5.1.S1.D: Use speaking, writing and reading to compare and connect the uses of English with the target language spoken in the local, national and global communities.
Technology Standards: ISTE Standards for Technology: Empowered learner (1c -Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.) Digital Citizen 2a Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.2b Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.2c Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.2d Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online. Knowledge Constructor 3a Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.3b Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.3c Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.3d Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.Global Collaborator 7a Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.7bStudents use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.7c Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.7d Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
Grade Level: 7-8 Guidance class . Time allotment: 7- 40- minute classes
Goals/Outcomes for Students: Students will begin to develop an awareness of world cultures through the study of cultural stereotypes. Students will use Web 2.0 technology to discuss new information (classroom blog/Tumblr) and create a final product (iMovie/PhotPeach/Prezi/Other Web2.0 tool). Students will post their culture in Edmodo networking site and post comments and questions for the “expert” of that culture to answer. Students will discuss with the class how stereotypes originate and are reinforced over time. Students will use this new knowledge to debunk the associated stereotypes.
Technology Tools Needed: Interactive Smart board, Google Earth , Discovery Education Video Resources/other video resources, Classroom blog, Edmodo social networking for schools or Tumblr, iMovie, iPads or personal device, Web2.0 tools for Presentation (Prezi, Voicethread/photoPeach, etc.), Survey Monkey
Independent Activities: Students will begin with an exploration of various cultures by accessing a Google Earth via personal devices or iPads to examine towns and cities in different parts of the world as well as the major religions and cultural aspects of the area. They will post what they viewed and researched as well as how their views have changed on the class blog. Students will research cultures that were assigned to them. For this research students will use either iPads or laptops. Students independently will blog about the culture they are assigned and discuss stereotypes associated with the culture. (Exploration)Students will blog about the examples of stereotyping in school and in the media and look for similarities that the different cultures share and some misconceptions of how their cultures are portrayed in the media. On blog explain how can studying other cultures help you understand and get along with classmates that are different from you as well. Students will create a presentation of their choosing using any type of technology they wish. Students may create an iMovie or other presentation (VoiceThread/Prezi/etc.) explaining the culture and debunking the portrayed stereotype. (Elaborate)
Group Activities: Students will then get together with table groups and discuss any additional information they have discovered from the Google Earth Virtual Tours and research activities on the cultures. In the groups they will answer two guiding questions. Why is it important for us to learn specific information/traditions/social interactions about different world cultures? And How does this information help you to understand the traditions and customs of different groups and better prepare you to interact with them? After this discussion students will place their culture into an Edmodo account for others to post questions, tell issues/incidents where they stereotyped a culture or give examples of them being stereotyped and create a discussion for the “culture leader/expert” to answer. They can post pictures, video, etc. to help with the explanation. (Explain)
Assessment: Evidence of learning will be present during blog and classroom discussions. Students will be graded on the overall craftsmanship of their project, blog, Edmodo posts and answers, and class participation using the rubric that has been created this project (blog and presentation). Student presentations will be assessed by the use of a rubric to determine if all portions of the project were met from beginning (blog) to the end (presentation).
Consideration for students who do not have access to tools - Students will be using school provided iPads if they do not have their own devices. this should allow for all students to have equitable access to technology.
Management of technology tools - Students are expected to follow the school district AUP. All apps needed will be downloaded onto iPads before the assignment begins and the teacher will monitor student progress and online behaviors while students are working on the project either by walking around the room or through the use of monitoring software.