Class site: Amundsen
Class tittle: Cesar Chavez and Global Issue –Snapshot
World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages- Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Interpretive Communication: Learners understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
During this one week lesson, students will write an informal letter of appreciation to their parents for their arduous work and dedication to their family (make reference to the movie watched in class “A better life”.) Students will learn about the life the Mexican American leader Cesar Chavez. Then, students will learn about and analyze strategies for protest or resistance through historical events, global issues, contemporary media (photography, art, videos, picture of a picture etc.) Students will present orally these issues to their classmates. Assessment will be of a formative and summative nature comprised of bell ringers, exit slips, note taking for global issue presentation, and writing an informal letter.
Summary of projects
Monday – Students will watch the movie “A Better Life” by Chris Weitz. Students will write an informal letter of appreciation to their parents for their arduous work and dedication to their family (make reference to the movie watched in class “A better life”.)
Tuesday – Students will read an autobiography about Cesar Chavez from “Nuevas Vistas Curso de Introducción” text book and take Cornell Notes.
Wednesday – Students continue reading autobiography about Cesar Chavez and complete their notes. Students write a 2 to 3 paragraph essay on the reading, including 5 to 7 sentences summary of his life including 3 to 5 personal reactions.
Thursday – Students begin their digital project with a guiding question –
What is a problem that we have in our communities that you are worried about and want to solve/improve? Students will be assigned to write 5+ lines explaining the issue, why they are are invested in the issue, and what multiple ways the issue could be solved or improved. Students will then find 5 pictures about the topic that they feel relate to the issue.
Friday – Students will choose one of the five pictures to use for the final project. They will be assigned to add emojis showing reactions, three words and a phrase/quote to help identify or emphasize the issue or how to solve the issue. Students will present their work to their peers.
Materials and Equipment
movie “A Better Life” by Chris Weitz textbook Nuevas Vistas Curso de Introducción” notebook pencil computer with internet access cut out template of emojis - https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ef/35/2e/ef352ee28586ed651e2a84dfe00010c5.png printer scissors glue
Richard Prince - -https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/18/instagram-artist-richard-prince-selfies Molly Soda - http://mollysoda.tumblr.com/ Jeff Koons virtual takeover- https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/08/jeff-koons-augmented-reality-snapchat-artwork-gets-vandalized/ Internet memes- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_meme
Art discourse best practices
How can memes and digital work create critical conversations? What is the meaning behind the message? How does text and imagery change a meaning? Is a meme considered art? What makes a good meme? How can a meme be harmful?