Click on the link above and you'll get a quick report of what Rachel
Beckwith's legacy is about. This
episode can be used to share stories
of charities that had touched and inspired your families, and may spark discussions
ofwater, sanitation, and hygiene-related causesin
the areas where millions lack safe water and where life is really intense, hard
and messy. Scholars are learning so much
about water related disease that it’s easy to forget that many still have no
idea at all thatmore
people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet, and that lack of access
to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo
jet crashing every four hours.
Ask students to listen to a single phrase or a passage that
is significant, or revealing. Translate everyone’s phrases from this episode to
get them noticed. Put down the sentences in “focus.” Ask students unpack the meaning
of each sentence, discuss how it linked to themes in the episode, and then
think about what it tells us about charity (благотворительность), fund raising (сбор средств), world’s water supply (водоснабжение)
and sanitation (санитария). In moving from specific to general, the students will stay
closer to the text and begin to understand it before leaping to conclusions or
judgments. This method of listening makes students much
more able and comfortable in applying background knowledge while discussing the
problems. Notice that in the Russian news about accidents the most important
information tends to be expressed at
the beginning of the episode while the comments and general evaluation of the problem is given at the end of
the video reportage.
Focus on the getting main ideas having the following questions in mind:
1. How was Rachel inspired to get involved into a giving campaign to bring clean water to Africa?
2. What did she do for her ninth birthday in June 2011?
3. What happened a few weeks after her birthday?
4. Why this story was picked up by national news outlets?