Reflection: Real World Applications Analyzing the Long Term Impacts of Imperialism: Seminar Preparations - Section 3: Gathering Current Sources: Current Event Research


Today's discussion about the modern conflict between Western culture and African culture was surprisingly rich. I actually had to stop the students from asking questions and making claims telling them I didn't want them to steal their own thunder from the seminar tomorrow.

I am really excited about how this seminar could go as I see genuine engagement on the part of my kids in this final step of resource gathering. I think they have started to form their opinions about the costs and benefits of imperialism and are beginning to think about the long term impact of what we've been reading about/studying.

I had a long chat with my teaching partner after class today about how we need to be more mindful of bringing out study of historical ideas/concepts to a modern place of discussion. My argument was that if we don't do this, the students will be less likely to understand why we study what we do. If we don't consider the long term effects of imperialism in our world, what is the point of studying it at all? We talked about how we can bring more of these discussions into class as we move into more modern historical topics (the World Wars are next up for him) and I think, if nothing else, we are mindful of the need for real world applications for what we are reading/thinking about.

I also need to be mindful of how these texts should be used beyond their themes/topics/ideas. I also need to be giving students an opportunity to write using this informational style. Next week, as we plummet towards state testing week, I think I will build in some writing activities and prompts that will ask students to utilize some of the stylistic techniques of our non-fiction writers.

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Analyzing the Long Term Impacts of Imperialism: Seminar Preparations

Unit 13: Speaking and Listening: Imperialism Seminar
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT gather textual evidence, formulate questions and prepare for a seminar style discussion by researching, reading and taking notes on modern impacts of imperialism.

Big Idea: In our final day of seminar prep, we will bring our research to modern context to explore the long term impacts of imperialism on the continent of Africa.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Comprehension (Reading), textual evidence, Literature, World Literature, Imperialism, Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, Seminar, sources, film viewing
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