In a CRT curriculum, the goal is to create a complementary relationship between different knowledge systems.
- it should “draw parallels between knowledge derived from oral tradition and that derived from books.”
- it should also “engage students in the construction of new knowledge and understanding that contribute to an ever-expanding view of the world.”
The goal for me, as a teacher, will be to take information from books or spoken words and bring it to understanding of the students within my classes. I will take information from different culture and find a creative way to bring it into common knowledge that will allow the students to make their own parallels to the information.
For groups poster, we came up with the idea of taking a Romeo and Juliette story that most people have at least heard of. They will most likely know the story or the names. We drew the Romeo and Juliette story in a picture that captures the original story to show that it is important to not assume that all students know the same content. We drew it to demonstrate the importance of teaching the common knowledge.
From there, we drew fish in another section. They are both salmon. We drew from the similarity that fish die after they give birth. It is cultural knowledge and links the culture to a story that might need to be taught. This is to teach those that don’t know the story of R&J.
For those that have read or seen the Shakespeare play, there is another lesson that could be taught. We drew another section of the poster to show two ravens. This is to teach about the Tlingit culture from something that is already known (R&J). The information would be to show that two ravens were forbidden to be married.
The students would then be asked to make a play where the plot was about two ravens that were in love. Then at the end, if the students want to, they could act out another students play.