If the Walls Could Talk… (LS-PL-589)
“A wall is a very big weapon’ is a quote by Banksy that constitutes a good introduction to this learning scenario aimed at familiarizing students with the phenomenon of street art and murals that are used by street artists to convey important messages.
Easy to run, easy to follow
The lesson has been organized in the form of a Wakelet collection containing 10 challenges connected with the above-mentioned topic so it is relatively easy to be run by the teacher and followed by students since the teacher shares the Wakelet link with students and this way they have access to all the resources and can smoothly move from one challenge to another. The challenges are based on various tasks that are aimed at developing all the four language skills, namely reading, listening, writing and speaking. The games that have been included in the lesson add the element of rivalry that always boosts motivation.
Walls that talk
In the course of the lesson students become familiar with interesting examples of murals provided by Europeana as well as Banksy’s works available on Google Arts & Culture. Studying the works, young people focus on some social issues presented on the walls and develop critical thinking skills when discussing the problems in groups. Finally, students decide on the topic they find important and create their own mural with a message. To do so, they use AutoDraw – a tool based on Artificial Intelligence. All the murals are gathered in a Wakelet collection of ‘walls that talk.’
Traditionally or remotely?
The learning scenario may be used both in the traditional classroom when working at school or during online classes. When working remotely, the teacher could use breakout rooms for groupwork.
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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Associazione culturale GoTellGo.
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