How are you using Prism.K12 strategies to plan lessons related to Question Bridge?

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How are you using Prism.K12 strategies to plan lessons related to Question Bridge?

Question Bridge is a documentary-style video art installation that aims to represent and redefine black male identity in America. What themes are most relevant to your classroom and why? Which Prism.K12 strategies have helped you to brainstorm lessons and why? Please describe in this forum by logging in and writing your thoughts in the comment section below.

Lashunda Reynolds (not verified)
Government , U.S. History, Mass Media

McKinley Technology High is contemplating using the Prism K12 strategies of synthesis and comparison to relate them to how legislation protects and in some circumstances erodes the civil liberties and rights of African American males specifically. Students will be creating media presentations, visuals, and blog entries to create their comparisons.  Students will also be using primary sources to create their projects.  The PrismK12 strategies are being used to integrate the DCPS curriculum/scope and sequence to create a series of lesson plans that will enrich our students knowledge of today's societal image of African American males; with the hope of redefining that image. 

Question Bridge...

After viewing some of the videos that are located on the website, it seems that Question Bridge could be most utilized as reinforcement in the classroom, but also there to give our male students another perspective, especially in a class that may be taught by a woman, or few males in the class.  The videos provided real world scenarios that are needed in today's classroom, so using the videos will help bridge the gap in learning, the learning that had to take place beyond the book and classwork.  We should be bringing examples into the classroom that align with what's going on in today's society, how student's can respond, etc.  I'm not sure which PrismK12 strategies will be used, but eager to brainstorm with the teachers to see what can be implemented and to what extent.

Alysha Butler (not verified)
African American Studies

Although we continuously tackle a set number of themes throughout the year in my African American Studies class, we always begin and end the course exploring the essential question, "Who am I?" We begin our studies in West Africa in order to place us on a trajectory to better answer that question. Specifically, we utilize literature, art, primary sources, multimedia, and music to explore various aspects of ancient West African culture and society. Question Bridge strategies will assist our students in  making comparisons to different facets of modern day African American culture and find ways in which their everyday activities and traditions are inevitably connected to their ancestry. We will specifically examine the different gender roles that were found in many  West African cultures and analyze the ways in which they have stayed the same and evolved in the United States. Question Bridge Themes are helping students to focus on discussing  the historical and modern day positions of men of African descent in West African and modern day African American society and what it means to be a Black male in  American society. Question Bridge will allow my students to record and track their ongoing responses to these questions with the use of social media and technology and contemplate how they can redefine that image . 

Zalika Perkins (not verified)
Question Bridge at Eastern

At Eastern, the students are constantly being reminded of the importance of how they present themselves to their community.  I think that for this to resonate on a deeper level, we can use the Prism method of comparison.  They can compare the significance of how they present themselves to the larger issue of how Black people are generally presented in the media.  This will connect with the Question Bridge videos on the power of communication and how important it is to be able to control the narrative. Additionally, they can use the Prism method of expressing and create artwork that communicates a personal and empowering narrative.

Jenna Lee (not verified)
Teaching with Prism and Question Bridge

I love that Question Bridge is such an open concept which students can access from a variety of points - Video as art installation, Culture and cultural understanding, human connection and verbal histories, media portrayal, and many many others.  When thinking about Question Bridge and the Prism teach rays the one that hits me the most is Empathy. I feel that my students want to be heard and understood.  In a way they want people to empathize with their experience.  In order to empathize with others and for others to empathize with us we need clear communication. We have not fully planned out our lesson around Question Bridge yet, but I have started developing a series of questions to explore around culture and empathy

With a focus on empathy we will still explore many of the other rays including Identify – what groups or cultures do you identify with?  What does it mean to identify with that culture? Compare- How is your culture different from other cultures? Connect – Are there any cultures that you Must be a part of? Are there any cultures that you can choose to be a part of? How would you connect with those cultures? Express- How do you express your culture? How can we express ourselves in a way that invites empathy with others outside of our culture?