Objective: To learn how to interpret photographs and search for common and opposite cultural and physical aspects of countries; to create a worthwhile set of values for a rubric.
- Use this site to help students locate the addresses of United Nations contacts and various national consulates and embassies. (See Social Studies.)
- Have students write (e-mail or snail mail) for promotional materials about different countries.
- When the materials arrive, have students cut out pictures for each country and develop a collage on each nation (without names or words). Obvious tourist sites such as Stonehenge are not allowed.
- Have students assess each collage and deduce the name of the country. Students must list their reasons and keep track of their critical thinking patterns.
- Students must draw conclusions as to similarities and differences between countries. In the end, they should have about 30 collages and a rubric to help them catalog each country's attributes.
- Finally, students select photographs from each collage to produce a new collage for an "ideal" country. They must justify their decisions.