003 - Community Views

Conceptual Question

How is 'Africa' perceived?


Key Terminology

  • Perception
  • Population
  • Sample
  • Random
  • Non-random
  • Respondent
What does the word perception mean? Use your search engine of choice to define the word perception. Remember to write in define: then the word.

We will be using the other words throughout the course of the lesson and we will define them as we use them.




Activity One - Perceptions

  1. On an A4 white board write down all the words that you can think of that you associate with Africa.
  2. Share your words with the person next to you.
  3. Copy the table below and write in the left column all the words you have in common and then the ones that were different in the right column.
  4. Using highlighters and the use of a key, try and group the words that could be grouped together e.g. to do with culture, cities, landscape etc.

 
Common Words

 
Different Words
 




 






Activity Two - Survey

You are now going to share the first five words you thought of about Africa with another group. Before we do that there are few things to consider:

Discuss the following questions as a group

  • How can we record the words easily?
  • Should we all go in to that lesson to listen and share our words? 
  • Is there another way we could share our thoughts that mean we don't have to disrupt another lesson?
  • Should we ask and record other information such as gender and nationality?
  • Should we ask for them to share the first five words they think of about another continent to help us compare responses?
  • What should we do with all the words when we get back to the classroom? 

The ultimate aim is to create a visual summary of the results. 


Perceptions of Africa ‎(Responses)‎





Activity Three - Results


Taken From: http://illuminations.nctm.org/uploadedImages/Content/Lessons/Images/preK-2/334-SampleBarGraph.jpg

The group will be divided up in to pairs. One person in each pair will focus on the Africa responses and the other will focus on the responses for Europe.


  1. What were the most common words used? Count up the number of responses for each word.
  2. Produce a summary sheet for words with two or more responses.
  3. Using the graph paper provided, produce a bar chart diagram, for words with two or more responses. 
  4. Using your graphs describe your findings. Remember to talk about the general pattern (use data) and then describe anything that stands out as odd.
  5. Would it have been better to only graph words that were mentioned three or more times? What about synonyms? Discuss
  6. What does the data tell us about the sample population's perceptions of Africa (and Europe)?
  7. Could the collection of data process be improved? e.g. should we have asked more people or students of different ages?

How will I be assessed? Formative - this will help guide your overall achievement.

How will I be assessed?

Criterion B: Investigating

Achievement level

Level descriptor

0

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.


1–2

ii.  formulates a limited action plan or does not follow a plan

iii. collects and records limited or sometimes irrelevant information

iv. with guidance, reflects on the research process and results in a limited way.



3–4

ii.  formulates and occasionally follows a partial action plan to investigate a research question

iii. uses a method(s) to collect and records some relevant information

iv. with guidance, reflects on the research process and results.



5–6

ii.  formulates and mostly follows a sufficiently developed action plan to investigate a research question

iii. uses methods to collect and record appropriate relevant information

iv. with guidance, evaluates on the research process and results.



7–8

ii.  formulates and effectively follows a consistent action plan to investigate a research question

iii. uses methods to collect and record appropriate and varied relevant information

iv. with guidance, provides a detailed evaluation on the research process and results.




Activity Four - Research and Read

Taken From: https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/480x270/p014g58y.jpg

Find two different news articles about Africa and make notes on what the main ideas are in each piece. Your notes can be in the form of bullet points or as a mind map. Do remember to record the title of your article and the date it was published. This is going to help with the assessment below.




Activity Five - Summary

  • Write a short piece of extended writing outlining what you have found out about the diversity Africa's culture and landscape. The question you will be answering is below. Use the class notes, graphs and summary of the news articles that you made about Africa to help you.
"How do we perceive Africa and what affects our perception?"

Key Terminology to use.

  • Stereotype
  • Bias
  • Culture
  • Biome
  • Climate

Potential Format


Africa Essay - Potential Structure



Presentation Requirements

    • Approximately 500 words
    • Size 12 font
    • Must be printed out

How will I be assessed? Formative - this will help guide your overall achievement.

How will I be assessed?

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding

Achievement level

Level descriptor

0

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.


1–2

i.   makes a limited use of terminology

ii.  demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of content and concept through limited descriptions and/or examples.


3–4

i.   uses some terminology accurately

ii.  demonstrates satisfactory knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through simple descriptions, explanations and examples.


5–6

i.   uses considerable and relevant terminology accurately

ii.  demonstrates substantial knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through descriptions, explanations and examples.


7–8

i.   consistently uses a range of terminology accurately

ii.  demonstrates detailed knowledge and understanding of content and concepts through developed and accurate descriptions, explanations and examples.


Criterion C: Communicating

Achievement level

Level descriptor

0

The student does not reach a standard described by any of the descriptors below.


1–2

i.   communicates information and ideas in a style that is not always clear

ii.  organizes information and ideas in a limited way


3–4

i.   communicates information and ideas in a style that is somewhat clear

ii.  somewhat organizes information and ideas


5–6

i.   communicates information and ideas in a style that is mostly appropriate to the audience and purpose

ii.  mostly structures information and ideas according to the task instructions


7–8

i.   communicates information and ideas in a style that is completely appropriate to the audience and purpose

ii.  structures information and ideas completely according to the task instructions