The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hiker Defaces National Parks for the Likes

Why the Creepytings National Parks Vandalism is a Big Deal


By:  Casey Shreiner

1)  Is photographic evidence reliable?  What's the difference between graffiti and folk art?  How do you know?  Can nature be considered art?  Who might have the most convincing argument?  What information would you need to punish the artist?   

2)  Why might a park ranger and a native American have similar views on this issue?  Different?  Why might there be an issue between urban and rural citizens over this issue?  People over the age of 45 vs. those under?

3)  Have we seen something like before?  Locks on bridges in Paris?    Is this a geography, science, history, or visual arts issue?  How is graffiti like tattooing?  Different?  How does time affect our view of art?  

4)  What if she used Photoshop to make it seem as if the graffiti was real?  How might this be different is she was famous?  A man?  A Native American?  An environmentalist?  What is we banned photography in national parks?  What if there was a special tagging section set aside in every national park?       

5)  What is the impact of this issue?  Will National Park attendance be affected?       

Extension Activities

1)  Students can study the cave paintings of Europe and evaluate the effectiveness of their protection.

2)  Students can offer temporary and safe tagging solutions to those who might want to deface National Parks/Monuments/Sites.

3)  Students can study street art and how it's been elevated in our culture through artisits like Banksy and Shepard Fairey and create art based on their famous works..  

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