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July 28, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - School's Out! A Day in the Life of a Zimbabwean High School Student

Kids' version available

A day in the life of a Zimbabwean high school student. Discusses school and home life of a female student.

Abeja provides a great lead-in here by asking students what food they couldn't live without. What foods are your students' favorites? What are the strangest foods they've ever eaten?

This dispatch can also be used well in conjunction with Kevin's dispatch from the last update (7-24-99) where he talks about some of the different animals that he has eaten during his travels.

The Team - How to be a Trekker

Ever thought of becoming an Odyssey trekker? Here are the things we look for and some of the things the current Trekkers wrote in their applications that helped get them on board.

Have the students write an essay application for why they should be the next Odyssey Trekker. The application questions are right there in the dispatch. You can also let the students know there is a page in the Odyssey Info section of the website that explains more specifically what is expected of Trekkers, which they may find interesting or helpful.

This is great practice for writing essays in general, but particularly for the kind of essays students will be expected to write in applying to schools later in life.

The Team - Three Great Zimbabwe Writers

An introduction to Zimbabwean Literature focusing on three of Zimbabwe's greatest writers; Stanlake Samkange, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Doris Lessing. Includes a brief biography on each writer and excerpts from their books.

The Doris Lessing material is widely available and is not too difficult for older students. Likewise, the "Nervous Condition" is good reading, though not as widely available. Have students read one of the books on their own. Then have them choose their three favorite parts of the book and select excerpts to share with the class, just like the Team Members did. See if they can come up with some interesting questions for the other students to discuss that relate to the excerpt.
The Team - No Cans Allowed

Kids' version available

In Zimbabwe, most soda comes in glass bottles instead of aluminum cans. The strict exchange of bottle for soda keeps the country environmentally sound and provides jobs.

See the Making a Difference Activity

Team - The Struggle for Independence

A brief history of the struggle for Zimbabwean independence. It mentions Ian Smith, Robert Mugabe, Black Nationalism, the Unilateral Declaration of Independence and the Rhodesian Front Party.

This one is great to have students role play the different key players in the Zimbabwe independence movement. First, have them write a paragraph response to each of the 4 scenarios presented where students address what they would have done.

Second, have students write down four questions they would like to ask each of the three people in the scenarios.

Finally, have three volunteers sit in front of the class and role play the three parts. Pretend you're doing a talk show, where students ask the three people their questions and the three get points for answering as best they can.

It's fun!

NOTE: For older students, this is a good dispatch to keep in mind if at some point you would want a discussion/paper written on the struggles for independence in various countries around the world. Are there any patterns? What are they? What has been the turning point or the influential moment? How well or not did various factions ease transitions for the general populace?

Making a Difference - Recycling Helps Mother Earth

This dispatch gives some statistics on trash and recycling, and gives a brief introduction to recycling, and urges students to find places in their own school or home where recyclables are being dumped, and suggest ways to change that.

While a lot of students are familiar with recycling these days, it's still pretty common that schools, businesses and homes don't have a separate container for bottles, cans, or paper. This dispatch asks kids to find places where these things are being thrown away, set up a container, and figure out who will collect them and earn the money.

 
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