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ERIC Number: ED471579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Seeking a Landscape: Visions of the American West.
Kettler, Patricia E.
To adequately reflect the complexity of the U.S. West or any region, it is useful to represent the landscape through a variety of media and perspectives. Teachers need to supply the framework necessary to sustain a discourse about various media. These lesson plans are intended to be taught as part of a ninth or tenth grade English course. The creation of film, painting, photography, short stories, travel narratives, novels, and music all require decisions regarding content and scope. The discussion of each media is meant to inform the next. The unit is divided into two sections: (1) "Regional Literacy: Reading Controversy; Contradiction in the American West"; and (2) "Visions of the American West: Three Lesson Plans" (Travel Narrative as Text; Photography as Text; Film as Text). The lesson suggests beginning with an open-ended writing prompt, asking students to identify which medium appeals to them the most and why. Each lesson cites grade levels; offers an introduction; states educational objectives; notes time required and materials and preparation needed; addresses prior knowledge; details a step-by-step procedure; and suggests an extension, enrichment, and assessment procedure. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.