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Global Education Series

Our Middle School Program for Global Understanding 

To be prepared to participate in tomorrow’s global arena, students need an understanding of the world beyond their own borders. Journeys in Film offers innovative and engaging tools to explore other cultures and social issues, beyond the often negative images seen in print, television, and film media. For today’s media centric youth, film is an appropriate and effective teaching tool.Journeys in Film has carefully selected quality films that tell the stories of young people living in locations that may otherwise never be experienced by your students. In a world history class where unbiased materials for teaching about the Middle East are already in short supply, the Iranian film Children of Heaven offers young characters that American middle school students can relate to, in spite of the cultural differences. Teachers of English and language arts will find the films invaluable for teaching the traditional concepts of plot structure, characterization, setting, theme, and symbolism. Social studies teachers will find introductions to the physical and human geography of remote lands such as Tibet and of our largest trading partners such as South Korea, India, and China. Math lessons include probability and statistics, graphing, the concept of infinity, and even the mathematics behind an epidemic. Young scientists will be eager to learn about the forces behind earthquakes, the echolocation abilities of whales, the mechanics of the human voice, and many other topics. There are art lessons that give students a chance to try making traditional Japanese kites or to learn about the symbolism behind Maori tattoos or the Buddhist mandalas (works of sacred art). Many lessons help students understand their own world as they explore the concepts of family, coming of age, taking responsibility, learning differences, gender roles, and intergenerational conflict and cooperation.

 

  • In a world history class where unbiased materials for teaching about the Middle East are already in short supply, the Iranian film Children of Heaven offers young characters that American middle school students can relate to, in spite of the cultural differences. 
  • Teachers of English and language arts will find the films invaluable for teaching the traditional concepts of plot structure, characterization, setting, theme, and symbolism. 
  • Social studies teachers will find introductions to the physical and human geography of remote lands such as Tibet and of our largest trading partners such as South Korea, India, and China. 
  • Math lessons include probability and statistics, graphing, the concept of infinity, and even the mathematics behind an epidemic. 
  • Young scientists will be eager to learn about the forces behind earthquakes, the echolocation abilities of whales, the mechanics of the human voice, and many other topics. 
  • There are art lessons that give students a chance to try making traditional Japanese kites or to learn about the symbolism behind Maori tattoos or the Buddhist mandalas (works of sacred art). 

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