19 July 2012

Fusion Project



Fusion is the name of the game. Peruvian artist José Cabana combines the puppet theatre of Japan known as Kamishibai with the imagery of artisan arts of northern Peru. But why stop there? Students in an advanced class can first explore what Cabana has created and then do their own creating.

I discovered the article linked above as part of my course on Media in Spain and Latin America and created a page on our class wiki with resources (adding more soon) and a breakdown of the unit's progression, but I also wanted to align the project with the project-based learning guidelines I learned by participating in the Buck Institute training sessions.

Project Idea: students choose a tradition from a Spanish-speaking culture to fuse with a tradition they're familiar with to explain an important value--perhaps to a local kindergarten class?
Driving Question: How can you combine elements of two cultures to teach children a value that is important for both?
Content Addressed:

NH.CLL.2.3 Summarize simple texts containing familiar vocabulary in terms of the main ideas and supporting details.

NH.CLL.3.2 Use the language to recite and act out poetry, songs, and simple stories from the target culture.

NH.CLL.3.3 Produce simple dialogues and short skits using familiar structures and vocabulary

NH.CLL.4.1 Classify basic cultural practices of people in the target culture and the students’ culture.





NH.COD.2.2 Analyze simple texts containing familiar vocabulary from other disciplines in terms of the main ideas and supporting details.

NH.COD.3.2 Produce a sequence of simple phrases and short sentences relating common themes in other disciplines.
NH.COD.3.3 Use readily available technology tools and digital literacy skills to present academic information in the target language.

NH.COD.4.1 Understand cultural practices and perspectives from the target culture.
NH.COD.4.2 Identify the products of the target culture.


NH.CMT.4.1 Compare traditions and events of the target culture and the students’ culture.
NH.CMT.4.2 Identify examples of products, practices, and perspectives in the community related to the target culture.
NH.CMT.4.3 Identify key characteristics of target culture and traditions.




Major Student Products:
Class traditions prezi--students collaborate to collect images of different artesania from around the Spanish speaking world that interests them, plus titles and links for more information
Traditions collage--students collect images (including maps) and key words of the traditions and people of the 2 cultures they intend to combine
Artist's statement--students explain to small groups what value and traditions they chose and why
Materials list and calendar--students plan what they need when
Fusion fair booth?

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