We live in a society filled with voices shouting opinions and complaints, but lasting solutions come from first understanding the complexities of a problem. Now more than ever students (and society) will benefit from learning the skills of analysis, research, and synthesis.
This unit provides students with the tools to deconstruct community, societal, or global issues; analyze multiple perspectives; and synthesize their research into a Community Problem Analysis Essay.
Resources A-C can be completed over several class meetings. Some teachers will plan to watch the videos (TED Talks and a PBS short documentary) in class, while others will assign these as homework. The DRIVE Change activities help students practice the skills they will use in writing the Community Problem Analysis Essay at the end of the unit.