The Best of the Year 2015
Begin by watching Google’s 2015 Zeigeist video
Station 1: News Year in Review
Read the new stories from the year. Discuss ones that you remember occurring. Which seemed to be the most important ones? Create two powerful headlines that you would use to report these events.
Station 2: Words, Words, Words
Read Oxford Dictionary’s Words of the Year. What are two possibilities for your vote?
Discuss why people looking up these words. What was occurring in the country that would cause people to seek the meaning of these ten.
Station 3: Top Songs and Movies of the Year
Discuss in your group what the list has in common. Any patterns? What aspects of American culture do these seem to deal with?
Top Grossing Movie:
Station 4: Banished Words for 2016
These lists are some of my favorite to read. Read each with your group. Which are the ones that you are most familiar with? Least familiar? Again, what parts of American culture are highlighted?
Add one or two words or phrases that you’d like to see banished for the coming year
Station 5: Photo Gallery
Scroll through a dozen or so of the pictures and read the captions. Find out some more information on a few that interest you. Why is this selected as one of the top pictures? What does this gallery say about America and what is important to its citizens?
Station 6: Internet Search Terms
Read through the collected research for what people searched for on the web in 2015. Discuss why people searched for these. Which part of this surprised you most? What was the most visited site? What do you think your most visited site was?
Most visited site of 2015:
Your most visited site in 2015:
Probably your most search terms:
Small Group Discussion:
Your task is to incorporate what you learned about 2015 with your current thoughts and opinions on the world. Consider these topics to discuss:
- What events/ideas/people will be the history of the future? What will have lasting effects? Explain why this is true.
- How are the times changing even in your lifetime? Is it a positive or negative change? Why?
- 2015: Is it a monumental year or an insignificant one?
- Explain this quotation in light of your study of the year: “Our life is but a vapor then it is gone.”
- What aspects of American culture is highlighted this year? Why/how is this so?