Language is a fundamentally human phenomenon and an ability that distinguishes us as a species on the planet. Language has also been a profoundly divisive issue between us. The goal of this lesson is to create awareness and understanding about language, and how aspects of its presence, absence, manipulation, and precarity affect all of us. Language in this context encompasses all the ways we communicate. Taking notes throughout the steps will serve as brainstorming for the final activity.
In this lesson, students will have opportunities to:
- Discuss the definition of language
- Listen to differing perspectives
- Consider how the loss of language affects families and communities
- Increase awareness of our preferences and biases
- Create original work about language, connection, and division
Materials and Resources
To teach this lesson, you will need:
- Internet access, a screen/whiteboard, projector, and speakers.
- Access to the PIV Anthology
- Access to the Button Poetry Website/YouTube page
- Access to Google Images
- Lined paper & pencils/pens, or notebooks/tablets
- Writing exercise: How do we build (or rebuild) the bridges between us?