A reflection: It's funny how people start addressing women as Sir in India once they do something heroic!
A step by step process of my inquiry lesson. I think I'll keep updating the same post in order to keep this on one page!
My class is learning all about heroes, and I have created a short but provocative video ( I hope! ) using Animoto. What a wonderful tool :)Famous and the infamous
This was my provocation.
I decided not to tell the kids what they were going to inquire into. By carefully watching the video they will have to identify the characters they know. I posted a power point of the famous and infamous characters on the new class blog (The kids are absolutely thrilled and amazed to see themselves on it) so that they can go home and show their parents the ones they had trouble identifying.
The following day we made a Venn diagram. A three way one. I used http://billsteachingnotes.wikispaces.com/Graphic+Organisers to make copies for the students to do later by themselves and one huge one on the white board. What a hilarious time we had. The three well known figure we had were Sachin Tendulkar, Osama Bin Laden and Mahatma Gandhi! The kids may not be very great English language speakers, but they were finding some amazing connections between these very oddly matched characters!
The students are still learning how to blog. Today I showed them how to add an image. I let one child try it. I asked him to look for someone he considered a hero. He choose a Bollywood actor (shudder) but it was a perfect opportunity for me to help them distinguish a hero from an idol later on in the unit!
The students brought stories, pictures , Indian scarves (which were the colours of the indian flag) and lots of interesting pictures of people they considered "heroes."
The sorting out activity which followed helped me understand what they felt the word "hero" meant to them; it also challenged them...they had to figure out which hero to put where. Do they put all the women heroes together or do they put them under some other category, such as leaders of the nation. Take a look...
|The final outcome|
|All these sportmen are Cricketers!|
|Freedon fighters and leaders|
I realize the students need more international exposure. It is clear that they have not drawn a line between heroes and celebrities.
What do I need to do now to solve these issues?