Seeing Without Color: A project-based approach to diversity
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Over the course of the next month, my 7th and 8th grade English students at the Foshay Learning Center will begin reading “The Giver”, an award-winning emotional and thought-provoking novel by Lois Lowry. In “The Giver”, Jonas lives in what some may call a utopian society. In Jonas' world, there are no decisions made by citizens. Everything from people's names, their marriage partners, and even their jobs are chosen by the committee of elders. Everything is divided equally and fairly between the citizens, and seemingly no one suffers. The citizens dress in the same grey tunic, wear their hair in the same ways, and use the same language all day long. There are no colors where Jonas lives.
I would like to have my students understand how it feels to see the world without colors. For the project-based assessment, groups of students will be responsible for taking pictures of their community in black and white using the donated disposable black and white cameras. Instead of seeing the beauty in colors and vivid details, they will see what everything would look like in a dull, grey-scale--if everything was the same. I will use this assignment to engage students in visualizing what Jonas' world was like and to have them question whether Jonas truly lived in a utopian society. Each student's final assessment will be to write a persuasive paper based on whether they truly believe living in a world without diversity can be considered a utopia.
By having my students take pictures of their community, I will be allowing them to access the text in a multitude of ways--ensuring that they are engaging and learning from their reading. Both my students and myself thank you in advanced for sharing in our vision about the importance of reading and learning.
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