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In this grade 6, five part lesson, students will adopt a critical lens towards concepts of community and the value of diversity within a community. They will begin to explore how privilege, inequality, power dynamics, and social justice play into their own lives. The focus of each lesson is:
Lesson 1: Personal Identity, Privilege, and Inequality
Lesson 2: My Place in the Community
Lesson 3: My Place in the Nation
Lesson 4: My Place in the World
Lesson 5: Making Changes in My Daily Life
Students will learn to create an identity wheel. They will also learn to create a poster.
This resource is an excellent way to introduce the concepts of diversity, identity, privilege, and inequalities in Social Studies, Geography, and Civics classes.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives
The multiple simulation activities in this resource exposes students to different views on the topic of identity, privilege, and social justice. From these simulations and through many open discussions, students get to form an opinion and take informed positions.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions
This resource shows how all three dimensions come into play when talking about diversity, identity, privilege, and how we take place in our community, our nation, and in the world.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning
In lesson 5, students have the chance to pick an issue that they want to support within their community. They will then develop five things they can do to address this issue in their everyday lives and make posters of these steps to post around the school. Even though students are not held accountable to putting in place their action project, they are working to make positive change in their lives.
|Acting on Learning:
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
Open-discussion of students beliefs and values are at the core of this resource.
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans
The focus of this resource is for students to explore their own privilege and that of others, and understand how others' identities, privilege and experiences differ from their own, and to take steps to address inequality in their own lives. While doing this, they will gain empathy and respect for diverse groups of humans.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
|Personal Affinity with Earth
This is not a focus of this resource.
|Personal Affinity with Earth:
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Students will participate in a simulation with fictitious roles. However, they will have to look at their own community and its issues. They will also come up with some steps to help the issues in their community.
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
There is a focus on open discussion with students in this resource. There is no "right answer" in these activities.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
This resource can be used in Geography, Social Studies, and Civics classes.
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
Students have many problems to try and solve in this resource. They are given the questions, but not the answers.
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
The wide diversity of the learning activities in this resource addresses a range of student learning styles. However, no accommodations are included for struggling learners.
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
This resource promotes learning through multiple simulations on privilege, diversity, identity, and differences.
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Students will work in groups to complete the activities.
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation
Assessment opportunities are available for teachers in each lesson. However, no rubrics or checklists are included.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
Students will create posters in lesson 5 to promote the steps to decrease inequalities in their community. They will then post these in their school to encourage others to follow suit.
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.