IN THIS PACKAGE YOU WILL FIND:
-A comprehensive unit plan for four weeks of instruction, including unit outcomes, essential questions, understandings, and links to resources and recommended readings.
-A student learning package with a unit schedule, four assignment handouts, and rubrics.
-A recommended activity for a unit opener, PowerPoints, graphic organizers, and a thorough list of research topics for students to choose from.
What's this all about, anyway?
This unit informs students about the history, nature, and effects of prejudice, discrimination, racism, ethnocide, and genocide upon indigenous groups around the world. Student learning will be scaffolded towards an end goal of determining the ongoing action they can take to help fulfill two of the 94 recommendations put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Prior to arriving at the reflection of their role in the reconciliation process, students will explore and investigate numerous cases of injustice around the world. By understanding injustice, only then will they understand the true importance of justice and the ongoing struggle to achieve it. Students will understand the pursuit of social justice exists both critically and creatively in many (if not all) sectors of our world.
To achieve the outcomes of this unit, students will learn via the following methodology:
- Inquiry-based learning
- Experiential learning
- Co-operative learning
- Concept formation
Over the course of the social justice and human rights unit, students will assume much control over what they wish to research. With the exception of week two, where students examine a case study a day, weeks one, three, and four are largely student-driven research assignments. Students with an array of topics to choose from and suggested mediums to convey their information, they may wish to explore an unlisted topic, of which they can research upon my approval.
Every Friday, the environment will be adjusted to a circle where the class listens to and examine the socially-conscious and contemporary (clean) lyrics of Kendrick Lamar, from his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. Each of the three songs we listen to will segue into the content for that day. The songs are The Blacker the Berry, Momma, and How Much a Dollar Cost? (Refer to Season 1 of the Dissect podcast for resource material; PowerPoints for two of the three songs are provided in this package).
*The physical environment is encouraged to be arranged into mixture of pods and circular tables to encourage facilitation, but to also provide a row of desks for students who prefer such arrangements.
*Note: Thumbnails are not an accurate representation of the learning package. Headings are flush within the package.