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Digital Story: Garbages
Bridges site: Tibetan Children’s Village, Stae of Himachal Prades, Kangra District, Dharmasala, India Narrator: Tenzin Wangchuk Andrugtsang Photographers: Tenzin Sonam, Tenzin Lodhen, Veshi Dolma Overview Tenzin takes us on a photo tour of Dharamsala showing what happens to waste when a city increases in population and modernizes. Purpose To recognize that the issue of waste management is global and we are able to affect change, either individually or as a community.
Anticipation Activity True/False 1. The Tibetan Children’s Village is in Tibet. 2. Dharamsala is the same today as it was in the 1960s. 3. It is outlawed to throw garbage on the ground in Dharamsala 4. There is a “Green” shop in Dharamsala that sells recycled goods. 5. The government punishment for littering is severe. Pre-Activity Research - (Internet or Library References) Geography and Political History Resources Atlases

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Dharamsala - Identify and/or Explain the following Exact locationHemispheresContinentCountryMountain RangeClimateWhy are Tibetan children living in India? Who is the Dalai Lama? Comprehension Questions (after viewing the digital story) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. What was Dharamsala like before the Tibetans moved there? Compare the environment in Dharamsala back in the 1960s to the environment today. What did they use to hold items in the 60s? What do people use to hold their items today? What did the old man say people care about these days? Who is the narrator of this story and where does he go to school? Why has garbage increased in Dharamsala? How many students are there at the TCV school? Students raise money for a party by doing what for the environment?

10. What do the students do with most of their litter? 11. What is Tenzin worried about? 12. Tenzin visited an environmental organization. What is the purpose of this Environmental Education Center? 13. What is a Green Shop and what will you find there? 14. Why is there so much garbage in Dharmasala? List at least two reasons. 15. What is the Tibetan Children’s Village currently doing to improve the environment? 16. How would Tenzin improve the environment of his village? List five different ways. 17. What is Tenzin’s mission? General Questions 1. What is the message of this story? 2. How are their lives as children different from and similar to yours? 3. What is the event/issue/problem expressed in the digital story? 4. How are these young people working to make positive changes in their community or in the world? 5. Is awareness one way to make change? Explain your answer. Making a movie - explain your answers 1. This digital movie is used to share an experience. What other forms of expression could he have used? 2. How is one able to show emotions using digital photography? 3. Does the voice and/or music add to the tone and/or mood of the digital story? If so, how? 4. Was it important for the story to include photos of people? Why or why not?

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5. Why might it be important to carry your camera with you at all times? 6. What is in the photo that helps you know about the culture? 7. What is the photographer trying to communicate to us? 8. Do the pictures look posed? If so, to what purpose? 9. Do the pictures look spontaneous? If so, to what purpose? Follow-Up Discussion

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What is done with garbage in your home? What is done with the garbage in your school? What is done with garbage in your community? What can you do to help eliminate litter? What can you do to increase recycling?

Follow-Up Activities Establish a recycling program in your school. Collect ink and toner cartridges • Recycle cell phones • Recycle, reuse, renew • Student involvement • What other ideas do you have for taking action in your community? Standards* National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association Standards 1, 2, 3, 6 National Council for Social Studies Standards Theme I: Culture, Theme IV Individual Development and Identity Theme IX: Global Connections American Geographical Society, Association of American Geographers, National Geographic Society, National Council for Geographic Education Essential Element II: Places and Regions Standards 4, 6 Essential Element III: Physical Systems Standards 7, 8 Essential Element IV: Human Systems Standards 9, 10,11,12,13 Essential Element V: Environment and Society Standard 14 *For more details see

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