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.
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.