As Co-CEO for Archie Comics and as a former educator with 25 years of in-classroom experience, I believe that introducing an entertainment property within the education sector can be a key resource and means to further engage our youth.
Today Archie Comics has another educational story that is appropriate for in-classroom instruction. This story, “Drastic With Plastic”, focuses on “Refusing, Reducing and Recycling plastic”. The story was sparked from my visit to Rwanda, a developing African country that has successfully taken a stand on banning plastic bags nationwide. When I personally visited the country, it was so encouraging to see the people in Rwanda walking around and using paper bags and reusable sacks. It was so exciting to see how this kind of environmental awareness could be transformative and spread to other places around the world.
It is important that classroom instruction today be relevant and dynamic. “Drastic With Plastic” is a story with a platform filled with many teachable moments — it celebrates diverse world cultures, and highlight stories that connect us all as global citizens. This is the kind of learning that can be a spark in a child’s world and awaken an interest in the research process, the gathering of information to solve a real world problems, and can help a child feel that they are a part of the solution.
Some Examples of the lessons that can be found in “Drastic With Plastic” are:
o In an interconnected world, it important to consider different cultural perspectives before proposing solutions to local, state, national, and global challenges.
o Using the country of Rwanda to explore the globe, students develop map skills as well as compare and contrast different countries on the African continent.
o Explore various governments, trade, cultures; describe how the world is divided into many nations that have their own governments, languages, customs, and laws.
Ø HISTORY: Culture of Africa
o Explore issues related to war, genocide, and how this can be tied to the more relatable and universal problem of bullying and violence.
Ø SCIENCE :
o Develop ecologic awareness, consider how advancements in science and technology can have unintended consequences that impact people and societies.
o Research history of plastic and the need to reduce our dependence on it.
o Learn about the Pacific garbage patch; its effect on the health of animals and people.
o Compare ways people choose to use and divide natural resources.
o Relate advances in science and technology to environmental concerns, and to actions taken to address them.
Ø LITERATURE and WRITING:
o Children can write persuasive letters, opinion “op-eds” for the newspaper (Common Core skills) as well as PSA Public Service Announcements, utilizing graphics to communicate messages.
o Vocabulary development.
o Engage in discussions about science, math and community activism.
o Explain how and why it is important that people from diverse cultures collaborate to find solutions to community, national, and global challenges.
“Drastic With Plastic” is a comic book in digest form available for $3.99 — Archie & Friends Double Digest/ Digest #31. As you start off the school year, this would be an excellent resource for you to order and use in the classroom. I hope you consider ORDERING TODAY!!
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