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ENGAGEMENT MODELS

SIMA Engagement Models are designed to inspire global learning and civic skill-building in dynamic and interactive ways. In conjunction with SIMA Films, educators can employ these models as Lesson Plans or incorporate them into pre-existing curricula across multiple disciplines and class formats.

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  • The Artist: Creative Engagement
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    Students will learn the power of visual storytelling by exercising their artistic skills through creative expression, igniting critical consciousness.
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  • The Aid Worker: International Development
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    Global development: understanding impact, defining development, and creating sustainable systems. Students will learn some of the complexity and effects behind international aid and how to combat dependency by creating sustainable local movements, economies and social enterprises.
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  • The Anthropologist: Indigenous Cultures
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    A study in digital ethnography. Students will immerse themselves in a chosen culture from one of the “indigenous” SIMA Films and share it with their classmates.
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  • The Educator: Evaluating Systems
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    Reflecting inwards – student evaluation of their own academic institutions. Students will learn how to critically analyze a familiar system, identify potential for change and effectively advocate for said change.
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  • The Entrepreneur: Social Business
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    Social enterprise and the modern entrepreneur. Students will learn different types of social business models and how to create basic business concepts and company mission statements.
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  • The Festival Programmer: Evaluation
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    Film – holding a mirror up to society since the late 1800s. Just like any media format, evaluation and criticism are necessary to push art forward to effectively and responsibly shape culture and influence society. Here, students will learn just that by acting as film festival programmers and analyzing multiple SIMA films and their effectiveness for social change.
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  • The Negotiator: Simulation
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    Theater isn’t only for actors. Students will learn democratic, evaluative, public speaking and negotiation skills through the power of in-class simulation.
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  • The Environmentalist: Outreach Marketing
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    Digital marketing and effective outreach – every social issue’s suit of armor. Students will learn essential public relations skills, grassroots outreach and digital advocacy in regards to environmental issues facing our societies.
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  • The Analyst: Organization Profile
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    A critical eye and attention to detail– essential tools to navigating any industry. Students will profile an organization and present their findings to their peers.
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  • The Columnist: Editorial Writing
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    A classroom newsroom. Learn the basics of editorial writing; including how to write and present an editorial pitch and how to package them into ‘argument and persuasion’, ‘information and interpretation’, ‘tribute, appreciation or commendation’, and ‘entertainment: satirical treatment of a serious subject’. Coffee not included.
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  • The Creative Activist: PSA/Conscious Media
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    The creatives: the digital artisans of the 21st century. Here students will learn essential skills in devising PSA’s and conscious media that are creative, well researched and socially driven.
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  • The Strategist: Impact Marketing
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    Digital marketing with a social responsibility twist. Students will watch several SIMA films and then devise, present and potentially execute their impact marketing campaigns. The more creative the campaign, the better!
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  • The Writer: Exposition
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    Writing – an essential skill for all. Here, students will write and present an essay/research paper inspired by a SIMA film’s message/social issue.
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  • The Philosopher: Debate
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    It’s no surprise that the best communicators are often times the best at debate. With this engagement model, students will learn essential skills like evaluation, reason, critical thinking and how to properly form and argument around a social issue.
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  • The Advocate: Impact Campaign
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    An impact campaign starts with one thing: inspiration. Here, students will watch a lineup of SIMA films (curated by the educator) and then create and execute an impact advocacy campaign within their schools/communities.
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