Watch these three
PowerPoint presentations on designing a unit based on Hurricane
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We wish to
acknowledge that this video series focuses on the disaster in New
Orleans. We do not wish to imply that people in Mississippi and
Alabama did not suffer enormous devastation in Hurricane Katrina -
loss of life, loss of loved ones, loss of property. We were there
Katrina Part I -
this slide show introduces the theme of Hurricane Katrina as a meaningful,
extremely important, real-life theme for delivering the curriculum.
Hurricane Katrina Part II
in this section you will see some of the Big Question we have developed for
this unit. These Big Questions guide student research and cause a need for
the information, the skills, and knowledge of the disciplines. We also have
examples of ways to teach multiple literacies for the 21st century in this
unit, and a brief discussion of critical pedagogy and social issues.
Hurricane Katrina Part III
- this is where you will see examples of
many connections to the disciplines, starter lists for resources, and a
brief outline of the brainstorming a theme process.
By the time
Hurricane Katrina hit I knew that this would be an important theme for the
classroom. Within a couple of days, as we witnessed the growing horrors, I
knew it would be imperative. This unit is appropriate and adaptable to any
grade level, from PreK through PhD.
I began by
brainstorming what could be done with the theme. What disciplines were
relevant? What kinds of projects could students do that were rigorous and
relevant? The unit had to have certain
attributes, the top three being that it was
integrated, interdisciplinary and
presentations above offer some ideas, and though what we have here is enough
to keep anyone busy for years, we also know that much more can be added. I
believe you will enjoy taking a look at these ideas and suggestions.
For ease of use
(due to large file size) we have divided the Hurricane Katrina PowerPoint
into three parts. Please view all of them!