If there's one thing students love... it's a good debate!
Right now a global conversation is happening over the following questions: Should cultural symbols be trademarked? From the United Nations to runways in New York and Paris people are talking.
In this lesson students will first consider what a trademark is and what purpose it serves.
They will then analyze two REAL WORLD situations.
1. The time Disney put in an application to trademark the phrase "Day of the Dead" which is the name of a Mexican Cultural Holiday.
2. Over 1,000 Mayan woman joining together to fight to trademark their cultural weaving and patterns.
Is there a difference between these two situations? Why?
Students love to ARGUE but this lesson focuses on considering all sides of the issue before forming an informed opinion.
At the conclusion of the lesson, students will write a letter to the UN explaining their position on the issue.
Fun. Engaging. Relevant. Your students won't even realize they're learning critical thinking skills as they learn to argue and reason like a lawyer! More Than a Symbol includes a teacher's guide, student worksheets, three pages of probing questions that accompany the 19 slide PowerPoint Presentation. You can purchase and use this lesson immediately with very little prep time!