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Title of Activity
Culture collisions

 

Description of educational activity
Duration: 2 x 45 minutes

Student age: 18 – 19 (senior year)

Student class organization: group work

Lecture goal:

Shaping their own attitudes, explaining and proving them

empathy development

 

Supporting materials

  • Internet
  • Class leaflet

 

Highlights:

  • 4 texts
  • sticky notes

 

Activity:

reading, interpreting, and discussing the text

 

  1.  Activity before reading

Provides motivation, allows students to share their own experiences/opinions, group cohesion

  • The students are divided into groups of four. Each group gets one task.

Introductory text

INTRO (str. 5 – 8)

 

After common reading of the introductory text the students work in groups:

  1. Outline 3 thoughts from the text that are stimulating and explain why.

  2. Mention your childhood dreams and choose the ones that are achievable in the future.

  3. Apply the sentence in the context of personal challenges: In the past, the whole world was explored; the highest mountains were concurred and the farthest points were visited. I knew I wasn’t doing something new, but for me, it was the start of discovering the world.

  4. Presentation of group results and short discussion.

 

 

II. Activities during and after reading in group.

  • The groups receive parts of the story and teaching leaflets (each group reads one part)

 

a)    Syria: Driving along the Euphrates (page 63 - 64)

Basic task: Describe the writers travel concerns and state the reasons. Explain how to reconcile their cultural heritage and cultural orientations of the new environment. Explain the possibility of intercultural understanding.

 

Analysis: male-female relations; gender equality; cultural differences; intercultural

 

b)   Syria: In Bedouin tents (page 75 - 76)

Basic task: Explain who the Bedouins are, how and what affects their nomadic way of life. Compare Bedouin's hospitality and their weak sense of ownership with Western culture.

 

Analysis: the impact of natural environment on people's lives; cultural differences

 

c)    Israel: For Peace! (pp. 162-164)

Basic task: Describe the life of refugees. Explain their sense of helplessness sense of never getting a break. 

Analysis: refugee status; meaninglessness of the war; (no) possibility of change

 

III.  Common activities after reading.

 

Presenting group work results.

 

Discussion: Be an observer or participant. Actualization of issues and updates 

 

Evaluation and Assessment Method:

 

Teacher Role - Prepare Materials and act as a Moderator

Evaluation of work in groups - questionnaire: evaluation and self-evaluation

 

Students are assessed on the basis of their abilities:

·         Reading with understanding and shaping their own opinions and arguments

·         Participation in a argumented discussion

·         presentation of group work - systematic and structured presentation

 

The Impact of Activity on Reading RSP:

Activities encourage intercultural understanding and development of students' empathy.

 

 

Connection to curriculum

Class: Senior year

Curriculum:

Language Expression - Discussion

History

Geography

Ethics

 

Knowledge:

- better understanding of yourself and the world around you

- Critical thinking about the world, society, religion

- Enjoyable reading experience

 

Skills:

  • collection, selection and evaluation of information
  • reading, interpreting and evaluating literary texts

 

Competence:

  • communication competences
  • intercultural competences
  • ability to work in a team, and acceptance of someone different

 

Bibliographic reference to be used during the activity

Davor Rostuhar: Just Let it Move!

Publisher: Klub za ekpedicionizam i kulturu

2003., 2006., 2009.

256 pg.; 154 photographs

Soft cover

ISBN 953-99434-0-X

 

Results

Expected outcomes:

Students will be able to:

- clearly shape their attitudes and arguments

- actively listen to others

- use and accept etiquette communication  

 

Recommendations

The work is appropriate thematically and is content targeted to group of readers. It also motivates to select other works by the same author or similar works of another author.

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