When beginning a novel, many ELA teachers will present photos or even items from that era. My students always thought my grandpas's 1930s magazines were really cool. However, what if we were to reverse the assignment and imagine a future or foreign culture looking back at us?
Now that I gave you the idea, I can see you thinking you'll just create it yourself, but we did come up with a list of 10 aspects of life students are to infer about from seeing the item(s), and that's after I doubled what my wife had initially created.
This would work really well as a history class assignment, maybe at the start of the year, or at least at the start of a certain unit (like if it's 200 years ago, have the students imagine themselves 200 years from now). Or 2000.
World Languages, use it to imagine what those from the countries that speak your language (today) think about Americans (today). You know it's often negative, but your students won't understand unless they can figure it out for themselves.
I'd even do this with the staff at an in service. For example, if you work in Mohican Falls, WI, and want to know why people from Brookfield make fun of you, or Chicago, or Paris, etc., and you want to discuss how to get students to want to attend your podunk school, it makes sense to look at yourself from another perspective. Just change the items to news stories about teachers getting canned for no reason, students behaving inappropriately with cameras and mirrors, and photos of swarthy, dishonest, disconnected administrators. Your staff will love it.
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