Larry’s Workshops for Ungdomsskole Students

The Times They Are a-Changin’: The History of Modern America Through Social Protest Music
Post-World War II in America accelerated change at an unprecedented rate. Politically, socially, and culturally, Americans turned to the power of music to express their feelings and interpretations of the times. From the late 1940s and early 1950s through the modern day, artists have crafted songs to support a nation conceived in freedom and liberty and, more significantly, used their lyrics to draw attention to our shortcomings in fulfilling those founding principles for all Americans. In this session, students will explore the lyrics to a song from this era, analyze the author’s intent, and discuss its impact on American society to this day.
(90–120-minute lesson designed for all learners)

A Change is Going to Come: The History of Slavery and Racism in America
Slavery and racism in America have deeply impacted the nation. Originating in 1619 when enslaved Africans were brought to the British colonies, the institution of slavery endured for centuries. The lives of slaves were marked by unimaginable suffering, laboring under inhumane conditions and enduring constant dehumanization. After the Civil War, Reconstruction offered hope for change and emancipation, yet racial equality remained elusive. The Civil Rights movement of the 20th century fought against segregation and discrimination, shaping significant social and legislative advancements. Acknowledging this painful past is vital as the United States strives for a more inclusive and equitable society in the 21st century and beyond.  In this session, students will explore the lyrics to a song about slavery and/or racism, analyze the author’s intent, and discuss how it fits into the continued struggle for equality.
(90–120-minute lesson designed for all learners)

We’re the Kids in America: The Lives of Young Adolescents in the United States
Being a middle school student in America in the 21st century is a unique experience in a young person’s physical, social, and emotional development. Educationally, they navigate a diverse and dynamic educational environment. Students engage with technology, collaborate on projects, and access vast resources. Outside the classroom, extracurricular activities and sports play a vital role in their development, fostering teamwork and lifelong skills. Students also face challenges such as academic and social pressures. This presentation will provide Norwegian students a view into the school year at an American middle school, from the first day of school to the very last.
(45–60-minute lesson designed for all learners)

Immigration: Contributors to Conflict
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Since 1607 and the first permanent English establishment at Jamestown, America’s growth and success have been fueled by immigrants. Push and pull factors brought people from around the globe to the United States. Today, however, immigration (legal and illegal) creates a cultural divide for Americans. This presentation will look at the history of immigration to America, how immigrants have positively impacted American cultural and economic growth, and how the United States government has produced discriminatory legislation against people whose origins stem from foreign lands.
(90–120-minute lesson designed for all learners)

What Are My Rights in Public Schools?
Students will explore students’ rights in public schools in America and Norway. Furthermore, we will analyze each case and how it would apply to life in the Norwegian school system. The lesson will start with a study of the First Amendment of the US Constitution, focusing on the freedoms of speech, expression, and religion. Moving on to the Fourth Amendment, students will explore students’ rights regarding search and seizure in schools. Then, we will delve into the Eighth Amendment and its relevance to disciplinary actions and punishment in educational settings. Finally, using videos of student actors/role players from the United States, we will examine landmark Supreme Court cases that have shaped the interpretation of these rights within the school context.
(45-minute lesson designed for all learning levels)

There Goes My Hero
Discover the hero within you! In this presentation, we will delve into the concept that being a hero doesn’t require superpowers. Instead, we will explore the traits of superheroes and identify how these qualities manifest in our everyday lives. Through engaging activities and discussions, participants will unlock their hidden heroic potential and gain a deeper understanding of the impact they can have on others. Unleash your inner hero and join us as we celebrate the extraordinary qualities that make ordinary people true heroes.
(45-minute lesson designed for all learning levels)

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