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Lesson Plans

cultural replication

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Sharon Hill (slh2)
Mon, 10 Mar 1997 08:57:31 +0000

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In regards to the discussion about replicating imagery
and icons from other cultures and the appropriateness
of these activities...

It seems to me that perhaps we are missing the key
issue. When teaching children, isn't our main focus
LEARNING? I would ask (when approaching a lesson where
we are going to "copy" a cultural item such as a
rainstick, or kachina, or dreamcatcher, or ceremonial
mask, or whatever), WHAT WILL THE STUDENT LEARN? What
about this do I want my students to know?

The key concept behind the object is what is
important, not the object itself. For example, if
students copy Egyptian iconography in making death
masks, what have they learned? Wouldn't a higher level
of thinking and understanding be reached if the
students looked at cultural examples and then applied
the concepts of time, permanence, and heritage to
their own experience? They could develop masks or
images that interpretted their ideas about what they
would like future viewers to know about them. What
aspects of their lives would they like to be

If students can examine key concepts and develop
essential questions and then interpret them visually,
I believe we would have a more valid learning
experience and not be subject to rote copying of
cultural imagery.

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