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This WebQuest was done by a group of third year pre-service student teachers at the University of the Witwatersrand. Outstanding!
The topic that the learners will be dealing with is Struggle Songs, one of which is called Gimme Hope Jo’anna. The meaning behind these struggle songs represents something more powerful such as Apartheid. This is relevant to the lives of the learners as the learners will, through a process of exploration, come to discover that all texts have a context, and that that context is crucial in understanding the essence of the text. Learners will also be required to reflect on the relevance of an event in the shaping of our society in post-Apartheid South Africa.
This lesson was developed as part of the English, Arts and Culture and Human and Social Sciences Curricula for Grade 9’s at any particular South African High School. However this can be taught worldwide provided that the learners have prior knowledge on South Africa’s History.
The focal point of this Web Quest, as mentioned above, is the real-world connections that the learners will encounter. The learners will also utilise the skills and knowledge required to complete the set tasks. The skills necessary for English requires the learners to analyse the song/poem, focus on the meaning of the song/poem, and finally extract the following figures of speech: similes, imagery and metaphors. The skills necessary for Arts and Culture requires the learners to focus on Character, Language, and Dramatic tension while producing their skit, as well as the Interpretation and performance of a choice which incorporates: Physical Expressiveness and Emotional Connection. The skills necessary for Human and Social Sciences requires the learner to focus wholly on Apartheid and Forced Removals in South Africa. This incorporates the 1948 National Party and Apartheid which deals with how Apartheid affected people’s lives. It then focuses on how forced r