Understanding Another’s Perspective

Overview: After studying a certain location (city, state or country) students will write diary entries from the perspectives of fictitious people, listing positive aspects of the location studied. This activity would be a way of assessing the students’ knowledge of the area studied.

Procedure Ideas:

* Students will write from the perspective of a person who has visited for a few days or researched the area for a particular interest. People might include someone considering moving a business to town, a family looking for a different area to move to and a person vacationing. Contrast with a person who has been a long-time resident.
* Students will need to brainstorm ideas for the needs and interests of each fictitious individual.
* Students should write in a personal, first-person style.
* Communicate feelings as well as objective opinions.

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