Controlling Perspective: Understanding the Power of Point of View STEM Integrated Project

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Controlling Perspective: Understanding the Power of Point of View STEM Integrated Project

In this project, students will explore the ways that our understanding of the truth can be influenced by viewing facts through another's perspective. Students will consider the possibility that the person privileged to tell the story holds the power to control the direction of the narrative. They will discuss ways to uncover other voices and other points of view in order to gain a deeper understanding of complex issues. In Ceramics, students will reflect on the ways society's expectations can influence other's perceptions of who they are. They will develop mask projects that show both the "story" society tells about them and the story they tell about themselves. In Science, students will hone their scientific literacy skills by exploring the difference between scientific and popular points of view on controversial topics. They will analyze texts from both categories in order to evaluate the reliability of sources and take a position on a complex issue. In ELA, students will explore the ways that perspective can skew our understanding of the characters in a narrative. They will analyze the use of concrete details in Edith Wharton's classic novel, Ethan Frome, and discuss the possibility that the book's narrator may not be telling the whole story. This unit is brought to you by Linnea Smith (CTE), Becky Brown (ELA), and Malina Olson (Science) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Gregg Witkin.
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