Spring Break and Beyond: A Look at Different Cultures’ Spring-Time Traditions

In this lesson, students will research spring traditions that expand beyond the American teenager’s concept of “spring break” and analyze how they represent “rebirth.” Each student will pick a tradition from a different culture to research and present her/his findings in a brief oral presentation and PowerPoint.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Show your students the trailer for Harmony Korrine's Spring Breakers to spark a discussion about "rebirth." They do not need to have seen the entire film to participate in the discussion*, but they should be familiar with some of the actresses (ex. Vanessa Hudgons and Selena Gomez). Ask students to explain why seeing these actresses in this new context is a type of "rebirth." After being associated with the Disney Channel for so long, how does taking on a role like this reinvent their images and redirect their careers?

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, Film, History, Ninth, Pop Culture, Social Studies, Tenth

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown Cassie Brown is an award-winning playwright and performer as well as an experienced educator. Cassie currently teaches enrichment classes in magic, model airplane building, and outdoor adventure skills. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development in addition to a Bachelor's in Film Studies with a minor in Education. Cassie honed her understanding of student-centered education while at Sesame Street, where she spent years learning the value of combining entertainment with education.