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Communities on the Threshold of Change

60 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Geography, History, Reading or Language Arts
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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Students watch a short film, "Santa Cruz del Islote" by Luke Lorentzen, about a small, peaceful, island off the coast of Colombia, South America, where life is changing due to diminishing fish stocks and shifting resources. In this lesson, students experience life on this unique island through the eyes of a fisherman and a young schoolboy. Students explore the challenges of living in their own communities and consider personal responses to the inevitability of change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

Key objectives for students
In this lesson, students examine daily life off the coast of Colombia, South America, and discuss the themes of community and environmental change.
Topics
Anthropology, English Language Arts, Geography, History, Modern World Studies, Cultural anthropology, Change versus tradition, Coastal living, Community, Effects of environmental change
Skills
Communication skills, Critical Thinking
Values
Empathy, Global Leadership, Resilience
Methods
Multi-Disciplinary, Real-World Application
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