Every year millions of pilgrims travel to places with unique spiritual significance in hopes of experiencing elevation, transformation and attaining a new degree of wisdom.
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The Huffington Post, an online news blog has identified 14 of the most popular pilgrimage locations across the world. Recognising the significance of pilgrimage to billions of people worldwide and the diversity in religious and spiritual places, the article captures the essence of many popular pilgrimage sites.
Photo journalism is used to identify the major spiritual destinations and is accompanied by a short description of the site, making this an exceptional resource of a stage 2 classroom. It could be used for a whole class activity on the IWB, or the images and information printed to be used in small groups or pairs. Students may have limited prior understanding of some of these locations and sites, and therefore by providing facts in a relevant context their learning can deepen (Schellen and Valcke, 2005).
Key teaching points could be extended from significant places to include aspects of visual literacy, various text types, as well as visual arts appreciation. The images chosen portray powerful meanings and through their analysis students gain insight into the religion as they strengthen their visual literacy skills. Similarly, the presentation of this article allows students to explore various texts that provide information. Exploring the similarities and differences between this article and other news articles, television news reports, newsletters etc. may encourage the use of text type to be considered further. Appreciation of the artistic nature of the photographs provides an additional teaching point and KLA link.
A significant amount of this could be done simply through teacher questioning to challenge students, for example:
What can you see in this picture?
What makes it special?
What country might this be in?
What religion is this site associated with?
How has the photo been framed?
This resource provides a global perspective on places of religious and spiritual significance, however another classroom activity could be built around students replicating this article with sites from their local community. Students could be given an assessable take home project where they select, photograph and research a place that is significant to them.