Hi Global Studies team! We are zooming along, now beginning to think about our physical systems and how human interaction with the environment is changing the earth as we know it. Be sure to let me know if you need help posting homework on Canvas, and otherwise keeping up with our class work!
- I can demonstrate an understanding of the connection between physical and human systems.
- I can communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- I can describe how physical systems influence individuals and society.
- RAP: To begin our new unit about physical and human system interaction, I first wanted us to develop our own imagination about the importance of place. Unfortunately learning about climate change means learning about loss, and it is vital that we develop empathy and sharpen our own feelings before studying how loss of habitat and homes is harming communities across the globe. Students read chapter 1 of Edward Abby's "Desert Solitaire."
- Main Stage: To process our understanding of the chapter, students wrote class found poems about the place Edward Abby describes in Chapter 1. Then students shared their poems and discussed what they liked about and resonated with them about the imagery. We then begun to question, "What makes places so special?" and discussed the special places in our lives.
- Closing: To end class, I shared with class special places in my own life as examples, then asked students to begin writing about their own special places. After some guided visualization, I then asked students to write about how they would feel if they lost that special place. Assignment instructions can be found on Canvas, where students then posted their writing.