Friday, July 18, 2008

Blood Diamond

Past posts pertaining to the movie "Blood Diamond":
(For credit, you may click on the link below and answer the questions in the post.)
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2008/04/global-citizenship.html
(For credit, answer the "Comprehension Questions" or the "Discussion Activity Questions.")
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2007/09/sierra-leone.html
"Adbusting" Project - Create an "Adbusters" style poster focusing on the issue of conflict diamonds. See the link below for more detail on "adbusting," project requirements and more resources on the issue of conflict diamonds.
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2007/10/adbusting.html
Similar Project Ideas:
http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/14_02/adv142.shtml
Visit this link for samples of "Adbuster" posters on the issue of conflict diamonds:
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2008/05/samples-of-student-work.html
Important: If you choose to answer questions from one of these past blog posts, post your comments in the comments section here.
Resources: BBC - Information on Children in Crisis including Child Soldiers:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/people/features/childrensrights/childrenofconflict/soldier.shtml
History Channel - "Blood Diamond" (MANY useful resources):
http://www.history.com/minisites/blooddiamonds
Another Project Suggestion:
Visit the links below. Comment on Beah's experiences as a child soldier.
A Long Way Gone - The true story of a child soldier:
http://www.alongwaygone.com/
Multimedia Clips - A Long Way Gone:
http://www.alongwaygone.com/media.html
Youtube Video - Ishmael Beah:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K4yhPSQEzo

Lessons and Resources on the Web about the film:
http://www.hhsdrama.com/documents/LectureBloodDiamond.pdfhttp://www.hhsdrama.com/BloodDiamond.htm
Kanye West Video: "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ebbn7mOGegw

15 comments :

Copus US said...

could i just write down what i watched on Blood Diamond if ive already watched it elsewhere?

Lea Hansen-George said...

copus - One think you could do is answer the comprehension questions:
1. What is a conflict diamond?
2. What is the Kimberley Process?
3. Who is responsible for keeping conflict diamonds off the world market?
4. Do you think the movie will change the way consumers think about diamonds?
5. Now that you are aware of this issue, how are you going to respond?

Or, you may complete one of the other projects described on this or past blogs on the subject of conflict diamonds.

Copus US said...

i can do the comp ?

Copus US said...

conflict Diamond is probably a term in using the fight for diamonds and all that. They probably would have to kill alot of people to do it in order to get the diamonds.

Lea Hansen-George said...

copus - I have addtional information on the topic of conflict diamonds on the blog. Search "conflict diamonds," "conflict diamonds" or "Sierra Leone."

Copus US said...

So a conflict diamond is a diamond that is found and sold during when a war is going on.

Copus US said...

The Kimberly Process is proabably a process popularly known as KPCS, a process designed to certify the origin of rough diamonds from sources which are free of conflict.

Copus US said...

Scientists and the US

Copus US said...

On the fifth question i do not know maybe call alot of people and have them sign a petition.

Copus US said...

I don't know about the fourth question haven'[t found anything on it could you give me a website that could help me?

Copus US said...

It would deffininately change the way people buy diamonds and it will also change the way people look at diamonds.

Copus US said...

question four.

Lea Hansen-George said...

copus- About #5...Was that the question pertaining to what we should do as consumers?

If so, last semester, quite a few of my Civics kids wrote letters to Wal-Mart, Jostens, etc. asking about their diamond policies. If a company did not have a diamond policy and seemed to not take the issue seriously, some of my kids indicated that if they did buy a diamond in the future, they would not buy it from those companies.

Another thing some of my kids did was visit Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International's websites. I can't remember if they signed petitions or not. I just remember quite a few kids studying the issue further. I even remember parents telling me it was the topic of evening conversation for quite some time! (I'm glad kids were interested in the topic and eager to learn more. More importantly, I'm glad they were sharing what they learned with their parents and freinds!)

Have you shared what you learned about this topic with anyone?

Copus US said...

no but i am planning on sharing it to my parents and no it was pertaining to how i would respond to it.

Lea Hansen-George said...

copus- I think this is #7! If so, you are finished! YAAAA! With one day to spare!