We've been serving up a lot of serious stuff at the Green Light Dhaba lately, so I was planning something light for today's menu--funny even. Then my kids reminded me that Saturday November 14 is Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday, which means, of course, in India we will all be celebrating Children's Day. So in preparation for that day, I am offering--no assigning--a Children's Day Special. (Children, of course, are exempt from all written work on Children's Day at the Dhaba!)
Please beware: this post includes very little text, but it does include the following:
- Instruction: two short videos to watch.
- Classwork: a question to consider and respond to (I won't cut marks for spelling).
- Homework: an assignment to do with a child between now and Children's Day. (Late work accepted, but I may cut marks for that).
However, all who submit their homework in a reasonable amount of time will receive a special e-surprise.
First, you have to watch the videos below. In all, this should take fewer than seven minutes. Both videos respond to roughly the same idea: if we don't take serious action on climate change soon, there is a reasonable chance that we--or more likely our children--may suffer very serious consequences. (If you really want more information about what that might look like, try this link or this one.) Note: both videos are aimed at a Western audience, but I think they are worth seeing.
As you watch these videos, ask yourself which approach you find more effective and why?
For classwork, write a short comment explaining your answer to this question below.
(Homework will follow at the end of this post).
The first video is an advertisement from "Moms Against Climate Change."
The second video is a "Bloggingheads" interview with author David W. Orr on the New York Times website. You can see it here.
For your homework project, you have a choice.
Pandit Nehru was famous for the letters he wrote to his daughter when she was young. (You can see one of them here.) To honour this tradition, one of your choices is to write a letter to a child explaining what you will do to help stop climate change. If you are a parent, you may address your own child or children. If you are not a parent, you can address a child you know or imagine. Do not try to write like Nehru; you will fail. Write like yourself and you cannot fail. (No marks will be cut for spelling or grammar). Discuss your letter with the child to whom it is addressed, if possible.
Alternatively, you may instead meet with your child and discuss what you will do together for climate change. Then make a list of these things and post it on the kitchen cabinet or somewhere like that.
To receive your e-surprise, send a copy of your letter or your list to firstname.lastname@example.org; I'll run it here at the Dhaba sometime soon. If you decide to run your letter or list on your own blog, send me the link and I'll share it with others.
I will send a special e-prize for all who complete their homework in a reasonable amount of time.
Please raise your hand or post a comment if you have any questions...
Now get to work!