The following curriculum unit is very different from the curriculum that is and has been currently used in the California public school system. The main objective of this unit is for students to feel empathy for others and to inspire mass action and social change for a better world. Because of the delicate questions, this unit is recommended for teachers who teach grades 6th or higher. Every chapter has four different focus questions, which challenge students in different ways. They are as follows:
Descriptive Connection- These types of questions are low level and require the students to describe incidents from the reading. The overall objective is for students to describe the reading using main ideas and details.
Critical Analysis- These types of questions are medium level and require the students to think critically about the characters or incidents in the book. The overall objective is for students to be able to analyze and question characters and incidents.
Personal Interpretive- These types of questions are higher level and require students to reflect and think about their own personal lives. Some questions may be sensitive but through careful guidance from teachers, students will be able to achieve a deeper understanding of their own lives and the lives of others. The overall objective is to listen to others’ stories and discover commonalities while challenging prejudices.
Transformative Action- These types of questions are higher level and require students to think about how to resolve conflicts. There are no incorrect answers and instead are meant for students to dialogue and come together to solve real life issues in their world. The overall objective is for students to inspire mass action and social change to create a better world.