This flexible lesson plan is designed to accompany the student-friendly documentary, Building Hope: The Story of Mahiga Hope High School. Shot in both east Kenya and Texas, the film tells the engaging story of how a determined community in rural Kenya, Africa and the Central Texas-based Nobelity Project come together, overcome obstacles, and build the first high school in the region. Free copies of the DVD are available on request at www.nobelityinschools.org.
Students will engage with the inspiring “characters” that appear in the film and with the series of events that comprise their successful collaboration. Students will self-select a format for their student-created, written and illustrated version of the film’s story, which they will tell from the perspective of a Kenyan student, and direct towards an audience of American students. This lesson provides students with a variety of opportunities to make real world connections, think critically about global issues such as education and citizenship, and work creatively.
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
Key Ideas and Details:
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
EXAMPLES OF RELATED CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
• physical and human geography of Africa
• character, leadership, citizenship
• global studies
• philanthropy / advocacy / community
• science, technology and society
• culture (e.g., government, economics)
• contemporary issues / current events
• sustainable human development