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The meaning of a sentence "A song can be..."

 
 
Nat093
 
Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 06:27 am
In the following passage from an article, the author suggests that teaching through songs may expand students' cultural knowledge.
However, I do not quite understand the sentence which I put in brackets. Could you explain that to me please?

"Songs can be used in discussions of culture. They are a rich mine of information about human relations, ethics, customs, history, humor, and regional and cultural differences. [A song can be part of a unit that also contains poems, video footage, or still photographs.] Recordings of freedom songs from the civil rights movement can be a powerful accompaniment to watching Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech on video, for example"
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 07:18 am
@Nat093,
In terms of teaching, a unit may refer to a particular course. That is, the amount of teaching to students in the time frame of one term/semester.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 07:28 am
@Nat093,
http://misclab.umeoce.maine.edu/boss/classes/SMS_491_2007/what%20is%20a%20unit%20in%20teaching.pdf

Quote:
WHAT IS A UNIT IN TEACHING?

(H. Weller – EDW 471/SMS 491 – Spring 2007)

A UNIT

• A unit is a cluster of several lessons that fit together closely.

• The lessons of the unit will address the same essential questions and will help the students learn the same enduring understandings.



HOW MANY LESSONS IN A UNIT?

There is no set number of lessons in a unit. There could be, say 3, 7, or 10 lessons.
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Nat093
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 07:34 am
Thank you for your response, but, in fact, I would like to understand the meaning of the whole sentence, what the author wanted to convey. It means that there might be some poems, video footages, etc. connected with a song?
Sturgis
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 09:03 am
@Nat093,
It means that songs,videos,poems, or other ways can be used. The songs are not connected directly to the poems or videos; rather, they are connected to the subject matter being taught.
Nat093
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 09:14 am
@Sturgis,
So if songs, videos, photographs etc. form a unit, what is the meaning of "unit" in this context?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 10:06 am
@Nat093,
Read my post above for the meaning of a teaching unit.
Nat093
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 02:18 pm
@ehBeth,
I have read it, but I am afraid that the meaning of "unit" in this context means something different.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2016 02:20 pm
@Nat093,
Nope.

A unit in the context you have given is a teaching unit.

Is there a translator at a higher level in your country who can help you?
Nat093
 
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Reply Wed 23 Nov, 2016 06:26 am
@ehBeth,
Thus, if songs, poems, videos, etc. are part of a specific unit, they are somehow connected thematically and might be used by a teacher to talk about some cultural apsects?
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