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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Blame it on the Simpsons

Categories: s1 and s2

A post for s1 and s2 tonight. We are studying Brazil at present with s1, and I have previously said that I would be keen to use the 'Blame it on Lisa' episode of the Simpsons, where the family visit Rio. The reason that I am interested in using this is that the episode created such a storm of controversy in Rio itself that the City authorities threatened to sue FOX, the makers of The Simpsons( see here ).The reasob for this was that the epsiode did not represent Rio in a good light, and relied on stereotypes. We also held some stereotypes to be true, so I want to use this episode as an exercise to seperate truths from myths. Fortunately, one of my s1 boys has the episode, and is bringing it in tomorrow. For my other s1 class, we will be finding out more about population in Brazil.
s2 are taking the period tomorrow for the Earth Forces Assessment, and I have set up a peer assessment actvity for the Food Miles project, details of which I'll post later.


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