Lesson Spotlight: Jokes' Presentation

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Do you want your students to have better tools on how to be a positive member of society? We all have our stories where we question choices students make. School can be a place to contribute to a healthier society. We don’t know what their home lives are, but we are critical for helping students navigate the complex world we live in.

According to the Atlantic, “Schools that teach character education report higher academic performance, improved attendance, reduced violence, fewer disciplinary issues, reduction in substance abuse, and less vandalism.” The Atlantic

This activity requires students to look at a variety of slides on a Google Slides template. There are quotes on each slide that have to do with character development. Students are encouraged to look at all the quotes to see which ones they want to visually represent. The last couple of slides allow students to find their own quotes to represent for this project. Once they are done, they are encouraged to delete slide they do not represent.

Like many of my lessons, I tap into visual literacy because I think it helps students remember concepts better and if they can adequately represent words with images, they will be more literate in our society. Visual literacy defined “Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials.” University of Birmingham

There is a bonus lesson on Acts of Kindness. Students are encouraged to look at a variety of actions they could take to make the world a better place. There are spots for them to add their own actions. Students can brainstorm things they could do at school or elsewhere.

Here are just a few of my many lessons that tap into visual literacy

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