Jared Diamond’s treatise on environmental damage and societal collapse is a landmark work on societal issues facing the world today. As such, it makes a fantastic teaching tool for my 12th grade current world problems class, and I’ve been using the book as a text for several years now. For my digital education leadership class, I decided to integrate technology in a more meaningful way in this project. For my final blog post for this quarter, I will be posting my lesson plans for this semester-long unit as well as my thoughts on the lessons. All of this will be done through the filter of Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design (2005) or UbD.
The project has proven very successful in the past, with many graduates commenting years later on what they’ve learned, but I look forward to adding the technology elements this year to better facilitate the learning and I have enjoyed the reflective nature of the UbD approach. Agree or disagree with the totality of Diamond’s approach, this lesson is a meaningful way to get students to think about the environment, the world they live in, and the choices they make.