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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Going Beyond the Hemi Part 2 - Cultural Visibility in Reading

I've described cultural visibility as 'going beyond the Hemi' and this is Part 1 here. 

Here is another lesson that I have started today.

In Reading this week, on of my groups are looking into traditional kai practices of the Moriori people in comparison to their modern urban lives.

We read "Surviving Rēkohu"by Susan Paris from School Journal Part 4, Number 3, 2010.

We completed a Venn Diagram type graphic organiser to compare diet and food gathering practices of the Moriori people compared to us living in East Auckland in 2017.

I personally love using Sheena Cameron's templates from her Teaching Reading Comprehension strategies book but she also has a great Publishing templates book that always gives me interesting ideas for display and offline 'creates.'

Our 'Venn Diagram'
The key points from this lesson I wanted students to identify were the healthy foods that were consumed traditionally.  The effort it took to acquire the food and the purpose food had to survival.  Now, we eat - even when not particularly hungry, we don't have to worry about food during winter, we can go and get food any time we like.  We don't even have to get out of the car!  They acknowledged food gathering practices in only taking what you need and not eating in excess.

Fresh food, with little processing or additives and a knowledge of nature is what the students found interesting about kai in the time of the Moriori.  Especially after our 'That Sugar Film' study from last week.  They liked that their food didn't have any hidden sugars.  One student did ask "So, they didn't have calcium?"  Which I thought was a great question for us to inquire into further.  

The 'Create' task will be for students to write to explain if they would rather live then or now.  I am interested to see what stance they take and their reasons why.

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