Students in English V are exploring "the danger of a single story" for their design cycle experience. In groups, the students are presenting the literature of different world cultures to their peers in order to prove that the study of literature and art can destroy stereotypes. Today, a group of students presented on the Kokinshū, an anthology of Japanese waka poetry from the Heian time period. Rather than do a more traditional presentation, the students passed out blank bookmarks and watercolor paints to allow their classmates to explore the beautiful nature imagery of the poetry in a more engaging way. They also annotated the poetry together to look at how a "simple" image can be packed with significant meaning. Overall, their goal was to dispel the "single story" that Japanese culture values science and mathematics over art and literature.



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