Jobs … From The Dusty Pages of History to Modern Times (EN-CUR-524)

This learning scenario aims to create awareness about the changes happening in some professions due to technological developments and industrial reforms. It also aims to introduce how to use  Europeana resources in class especially for the high school students aged 14-18. However, this scenario can also be adapted to different grades and ages easily.

Students will be aware of some jobs which still exist and are performed. Students will also research the jobs which are almost forgotten in their own culture. At the end of the lesson, besides being informed about Europeana resources, students will be able to integrate social sciences, technology and culture into English language learning.

This scenario is integrated with English Lesson Curriculum prepared by the Turkish Ministry of National Education. 11th Grade Theme 3: Hard Times focusing on the past habits, events and routines, 10th Grade Theme 4: Traditions, 9th Grade Theme 5: Inspirational People and Theme 7: World Heritage Students can list differences and similarities between today’s and past working conditions using Europeana resources.

They can also see the changes that happened during the years due to the industrial revolution. They will get various information about men, women and children workers from the newspapers or photos published on Europeana. As this learning scenario includes many disciplines, it can be integrated history, social sciences, technology, and literature into the English curriculum.  Another fundamental element in this scenario is encouraging students to build their own identities and structure their thought by doing cultural research. Thus they will help to keep the values and cultural roots. This lesson can be integrated with cultural education.

Author: Gül Doğan

Age of students: 15-16

Subjects and topic: English, Language, Cultural Heritage, History / Jobs / Employment

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Public Domain Mark 1.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Nationalmuseum of Sweden.

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