Wow, the last day of February! Thanks for your focus and energy in class today despite the troubles with Canvas and the wifi connection in class. I will continue to be patient as we increase our use of technology in class. Please do not hesitate to share your feedback or ideas, including using Google Drive more frequently.
- I can demonstrate an understanding of the connection between physical and human systems.
- I can explain connections between events, issues, problems, and concepts.
- I can communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- I can identify connections between my own narrative about place and residents of Kiribati.
- RAP: To open class, students share their narratives about place that they started working on during our previous class and finished as homework (please be sure to upload your assignment onto Canvas). Students took turns reading their narratives, and appreciating the work of others, before discussing shared themes between the writing.
- Main Stage: Next we watched "The President's Dilemma," a 25 minute video about how the tiny island nation of Kiribati is being affected by climate change (click here to see). Students took notes about what they saw during the film by tracking: people, objects, and things; actions taken or observed; sensory details such as sounds, smells, feelings; and important words or phrases. These notes are important in order to provide students with the information they need to later write Paradise Lost Poems.
- Closing: To end class, we watched this poem by Marshall Island Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner that describes how her own personal Paradise is threatened by climate change. Students then read models and examples (click here to see) before then beginning writing their own poems.