I definetely need some help with my “question” for a sequence of instruction. Here’s what I was thinking. Please let me know what you think!!
Why are we here? With this question, I hope that high school students would be able to find some greater meaning for their lives. It seems easy to get caught up in the melodrama of high school: crushes, gossip, drama. This topic is meant to take them beyond the trival and get them thinking about a larger purpose in life. I would want them to come up with some personal goals, community goals, and national/international goals.
We would use texts to try to discover what our “purpose” is. We would look at different levels of “purpose” over a period of weeks. We would start on a personal level. What do we want for our selves? The texts for this would be about self-discovery. Rags to riches stories, overcoming obstacles, carpe diem. Second, we would branch out into our local community. What are the problems in the community? How can they be improved? The texts for this would be from local newspapers (great opportunity for students to discover articles for themselves!) as well as stories about young adults who bring change to their communities. Third, we will explore national/international goals. This final project would be mainly in the hands of the students. I would leave it to them to chose a national or international topic. We would research it from many angles, in fiction and non-fiction, as well as multi-media sources.
I see this topic as a great opportunity for involvement in and out of the classroom. I think there are many things that the students could do with this, and it could be a great way for them to get excited about issues that lie outside of the high school walls.
Please share your thoughts with me!