Anthropology Apology

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

This video uses humor to show us how bad the Earth could become if we don’t make wise choices now.

  1. The archaeologists (people who study ancient things) will find artifacts from our life today. Have you ever found something that seemed old, and you tried to guess what it was used for?
  2. Based on what you know and think, what do you think our Earth could look like and be like in the future?
  3. What do you think the title “Anthropology Apology” means?

Focus:

  1. What are the three artifacts* that Kayla and the professor found? (What is an “artifact”?)
  2. How did they misinterpret their uses?
  3. What should we (now) have done with these artifacts?
  4. What “phenomenon” or unusual event occurred because of the iPhone?
  5. What is the world of the future like according to this video?

Follow-up:

  1. Why is this video named “Anthropology Apology”?
  2. Do you think we should apologize to the future for our actions now?
  3. What else could we do to help make a better future?
  4. Is it possible that anthropologists have misinterpreted artifacts that they have found from the past?
  5. Why do you think that the Green Ninja production team used a parody format to remind us about taking care of the Earth so that future humans can live well?

 

ANSWERS TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

This video uses humor to show us how bad the Earth could become if we don’t make wise choices now.

  1. The archaeologists (people who study ancient things) will find artifacts from our life today. Have you ever found something that seemed old, and you tried to guess what it was used for?
    • Students may share what they have found and guessed about
    • You may possibly bring in historical connections with Ancient History, American History, etc. There are many pictures of artifacts from a variety of museums.
  1. Based on what you know and think, show what you think our Earth could look like and be like in the future: (This should be a quick-write, quick-draw, quick-talk to get some ideas of what the video holds in store.)

Suggested Options:

  • Sketch/draw what it might look like
  • Predict the temperature of where we live now
  • Write a paragraph about what you imagine
  • Have a small group discussion, and share-out
  • Have a whole class discussion
  1. Title of the Video: “Anthropology Apology”

Vocabulary, Greek Roots- What do you think the title means?

Anthropology: What does the word mean? Solicit ideas, and reach final definition after you see the video

Anthro == Greek root for “human”-Ology – suffix meaning the “study of”

So “anthropology” is the study of humans. More fully:

“Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences.”

For a further discussion with students about possible careers in anthropology click here

Apology:

“apo” means away from-“logy” (the study of)==finding an excuse

Therefore, apology is:

“Saying you’re sorry, a statement saying that you are sorry about something : an expression of regret for having done or said something wrong”

Focus:

  1. What are the three artifacts* that Kayla and the professor found? (What is an “artifact”?)*An artifact is something made by humans. An object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest. Synonyms: relic, article; handiwork.
      • A plastic margarine container
      • An iPhone
      • A fluorescent light
  2. How did they misinterpret their uses?
    • A plastic margarine container – used as “An ancient cranial decoration from a powerful ruler?” or a crown
    • An iPhone- A cerebral image generator used to share ones thoughts? Or a thought-reading machine
    • A fluorescent light — A self-defense device from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away? – a light saber—and also a reference to “Star Wars”
  3. What should we (now) have done with these artifacts?
    • A plastic margarine container – recycled because it is plastic
    • An iPhone (or other cell phones and related electronics) should have been repaired or recycled instead of going into the landfill because there are toxic materials. The EPA Waste website gives information about how to recycle your own cell phones
    • A fluorescent light – recycled carefully because of the mercury
  4. What “phenomenon” or unusual event occurred because of the iPhone?
    • People developed “thumb cramping” in the 22nd century (2100’s)
  5. What is the world of the future like according to this video?
    • Very hot—1150 is a comfortable temperature
    • Plastic and garbage are everywhere!

Follow-up:

  1. Why is this video named “Anthropology Apology”?
    • It rhymes which shows a bit of humor
    • Maybe humans now will need to apologize for their current actions.
    • If the future is like the video shows, Earth will be a horrible place to live.
    • (Can you suggest other names that would be appropriate?)
  2. Do you think we should apologize to the future for our actions now?
    • Students think and then share with each other about how we impact our future and our children’s future
    • A discussion about sustainability for the future may lead to ways that we can live well now and leave enough for future people
  3. What else could we do to help make a better future?
    • Students may talk about recycling, reusing, and reducing
    • They may refer (or you can suggest) other Green Ninja videos that emphasize Green practices
  4. Is it possible that anthropologists have misinterpreted artifacts that they have found from the past?
    • Students may have some ideas, or you can talk about what we use now that might not be clear in the future
    • You may assign this as a research project; archaeologists, like other researchers, are continually looking to validate and prove results
  5.  Why do you think that the Green Ninja production team used a parody format to remind us about taking care of the Earth so that future humans can live well?
    • This Green Ninja video is a parody of a science fiction story.
    • What is “science fiction”? (Generally fiction that is based in the future and predicts what our future will look like in science and technology, etc. Often fantasy based.)
      • There may be a variety of answers, but most students have had some experience with the genre in movies, television, books, and/or video games.
    • What is a parody?
      • A parody imitates the format of a genre for humor
      • What would a serious science fiction video look or sound like?
      • How does humor help teach serious and sometimes frightening concepts?

 

ADDITIONAL PROJECT IDEAS

  1. Take it further:
    • Continue the script, showing other possible and horrible outcomes, like
      • Sea level rise
      • Extreme weather events
      • Where and how would humans live (underground?)
    • Rewrite the script, showing a future world that is in balance, with available food, safe water, no trash, clean oceans with healthy fish, etc.
      • What steps do we have to take now to reach this future?
    • Draw a cartoon, make a comic, poster, etc. to show “After/Before”, in other words, the future (“After”) based on what we’re doing now (“Before”)
  1. For older students, get involved with or start a campaign to help the world

3.  Find and analyze the use of humor to effect change:

4.  Design your own project-based learning

 

 

Credit: This teacher resource has been adapted from content originally developed by Elizabeth Brooking.

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