EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS AND INVITED GUESTS PARTICIPATE IN CONVERSATIONS DISCUSSION CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND COMPARISONS
Secaucus Middle School Social Studies teacher Amanda Jones used the television show “Survivor” as an inspiration for her 8th grade World History class. “Survivor’s” latest season focuses on competitions between Generation X versus Millennials and in this series, the audience becomes aware of the cultural differences between each group of people. During this unit, Ms. Jones had her students explore the concept of a generation and the factors that shape one’s generation. “ Ms. Jones’ students had the opportunity to interview members of our Secaucus Board of Education as well as Interim Superintendent Mr. Kenneth Knops, to gain insight into what shaped each of their generations. After having done extensive research on the Baby Boomers through Millennials, the students prepared their own sets of interview questions and held a round table discussion. In turn, the Secaucus Board of Education members as well as the Superintendent had the opportunity to ask our students what they feel has shaped the lives of young adults today. All the participants were able to make cultural comparisons and connections, despite having grown up in different eras, to create a more meaningful connection to the lesson. At the conclusion of this lesson, the students compiled a list of results based on the interview questions. Each group was then able to compare and contrast each generation, discuss if there were any disparities within age groups, and research events they had never learned about or experienced. The students were fascinated to learn about historical events of our past and gain a deeper understanding of the lives of previous generations. In the photograph above, classroom guest Board of Education Member Lou Giele participates in a round table discussion on the topic of cultural comparisons with Secaucus Middle School students. Conversing with Mr. Giele are students Zain Kahn, Rene Rivas, and Matthew Deleo.