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Primavera Center Receives Promising Practices Award

May 28, 2016 05:00PM ● By Pamela Johnson

Shown with the award (back, L–R) are: Supt. Peter Marano, Principal David Cutler; (front) Curriculum Director Matthew Bolduc, 2016 Awardee Primavera ELA Teacher Luke MacPherson and his wife, Kerin. (Not pictured: Primavera Art Teacher David Acerra, and Bellingham Public Schools Technology Integration Specialist Deb Conroy.

Paul J. Primavera Jr./Sr. High School Principal David S. Cutler is pleased to announce that the school was the recipient of the Blackstone Valley Superintendents’ Consortium Promising Practices Award. This is the second consecutive year that Primavera High School has been honored to receive the Golden Apple Award, which is given to educators that represent the hallmark of innovation and best practices in teaching. This award annually celebrates and promotes creative and innovative teaching practices that inspire students to grow academically, and inspires other teachers to grow professionally.

The focus of the lesson that received the highly coveted award was multi-media interpretations of universal themes in literature. The goal of the unit was for students to first be exposed to literary works that are exemplars of a specific genre. While reading and comprehending the selections, archetypical criticism will be introduced to identify the mythic resonance. Additionally, students were introduced to cultural anthropology and psychoanalysis, specifically the works of Carl Jung and the idea of the collective unconsciousness.

The students discussed the cultural function and importance of literature, and how in many ways the characters and events they read about provide guidance for their own lives. They identified the universal themes found in the selections; the students then drew connections to other, more familiar, works of literature. The end result is the students will be able to compare these works across a variety of mediums, infusing technology with literacy and visual arts.





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