Making Curriculum Pop


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Mongol is a rather violent film about Genghis Khan, but certainly we can use clips from films like this to make our history curriculum pop!

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Comment by Ryan Goble on May 29, 2009 at 2:46pm
Just started a new group on fashion and education - kicked off with a review of Where Am I Wearing?
A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People that Make Our Clothes
- If you like the idea of teaching with Project Runway you'll want to check the link, and join the new group!
Comment by Kate Burch on May 5, 2009 at 12:33am
Thanks for the Domincan film suggestion. Many of my students are Dominican and I have had great success teaching In the Time of the Butterflies, a book by Julia Alvarez and movie with Selma Hayek, about the Mirabal sisters who defied the dictator Trujillo.

Also, I am obsessed with Mongol. After a decade of being separated from his childhood betrothed, she gamely turns to him after battle while on horseback, and says, "Don't you want to touch me?" Genghis replies, "yes, but but if I did, I would break you in two."
Comment by Dina Paulson on April 29, 2009 at 5:45pm
Hi everyone!

This sounds like a very exciting group. In my Teach, Think, Play III workshop, we focused on the necessary development of multi-media literacy skill in the classroom through implementation of visual media. We also discussed the importance of exposing students to exponential learning that comes from using both text and media materials. In Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", multiculturalism is a forefront theme as revealed through the narrative of its main character, Oscar. In my Education & the Aesthetic Experience seminar with Maxine Greene, we discussed how it might be applied to classrooms and to which age levels it would be most appropriate. Through Oscar's story (his bildungsroman of Dominican descent and living in upper Manhattan), the book explores migration, culturation, cross-patriation and issues of ethnic tension. I wonder if Diaz’s text could be used in a high school classroom with a documentary on the Dominican Republic? Connections might be provoked for students considering the Dominican Republic Oscar describes and the country “realistically” reviewed in the film. Conversations could begin about the nature of documentary film versus "realities" portrayed in fictive works, and towards practice of critical engagement with all media and text-based materials.

Here are links to these pieces for a possible high school curriculum:

Dominican Republic Documentary produced by the Discovery Channel

Junot Diaz: If people aren't familiar with this author, his website might be of interest. To link to "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao", click on the image of his book on the right side of the main page.


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