Project 1: Global Literature
In enriching the Grades 5 - 7 Language Arts curriculum, there will be an emphasis for investigating the cultural setting of the various novels studied. Usually, this has been done by establishing contact with foreign embassies, visiting public libraries, setting up penpals from foreign countries, and so on.
The widespread use of global telecommunications through the Internet has major implications for enrichment activities of this kind. Having access to STEM~Net will permit online global communications in the countries the students are studying. Some countries/novels proposed for study are:
As well, the recently introduced Multi-Source program in Grade 7 presents numerous opportunities for online educational contacts with other areas of the globe.
Curriculum Considerations/Learning Outcomes:
The Learning Outcomes previously listed will be used to determine the level of achievement by our students along with anecdotal records and observation by the two teachers involved. Students will maintain a current record of their investigation and findings, and emphasis will be placed on the various research skills they employ. Teachers will also be monitoring students' abilities to engage in group discussion-making. The team dynamic is one of the most important process skills we emphasis in our ongoing resource-based units.
We believe that this project will demonstrate to our school the exciting possibilities for creating new areas of investigation that enrich students' current knowledge in important curriculum areas. Recognizing the factors that link our province to communities far away is a meaningful step for students in developing a sense that they are part of the great global community.