The goal of this unit is to guide students in a study of the early Islamic World through the eyes of a 12th century Spanish pilgrim, Abul-Husayn Muhammad ibn Ahmed ibn Jubayr, who undertook the Hajj in 1183 and traveled extensively throughout the Islamic world before his return to Spain, meticulousy documenting his travels.
This unit allows students the opportunity to understand the role the Supreme Court plays in laws and decisions that affect individuals with disabilities and to examine the policies of the American with Disabilities Act. Students will be able to draw parallels between policies enacted by the ADA and the ways in which these policies affect their everyday lives.
This unit introduces students to the art and visual culture of African-American people in the United States, as well as the history of the Harlem Renaissance from the beginning of the 1900's to its fall in the 1950's. Students will also learn the political statements that were represented in the visual form, and how these statements are still prominent in today's society.
This unit uses photographs to travel throughout history and highlight the African American experience, as well as teaching students to interpret photographs in a way that supplements their understanding of written texts.
This unit explores the travel narrative of Ibn Battuta, who set off to make a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1325 and didn't return home until 29 years later, as well as the story of Mansa Musa, who journeyed to Mecca by way of Egypt in 1324.
In this unit, students will analyze literary texts, case law, court documents, photographs and film that document the violation of African Americans' rights and the history of social injustice in America's legal system.
This unit uses the work of Maya Angelou to introduce students to the utilization of poetry as a form of creative self-expression and as a means of understanding life experiences.
This unit uses the works of authors from the Beat generation of literature (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Pollock, and more) to examine the significant role the subversive subject matter had in defining the American dream and shaping the art, literature, and culture of postwar America on to the present day.
This unit uses Animal Farm by George Orwell to encourage students to experience literature on several levels.
This unit encourages students to draw connections between physical spaces and the traditions and experiences that surround them. Students will discuss the roles of dialect, kinship, and storytelling in their culture, and how those relate to and influence architecture, technology, and socialization.
This unit uses art as a means to develop the language arts and social studies classroom by giving students the opportunity to examine and connect with art, particulary depictions of history, to facilitate higher levels of understanding and translate that into written expression.
This unit will enable students to understand national identity, then analyze the role national identity played in the art of the period of Manifest Destiny and the American West. Students will develop their skills of comparison, interpretation, and analysis by combining their observation of art produced during 19th century continental expansion with knowledge of American history, especially in that time period.
This unit takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying the culture of Lebanon, premised on the notion that students understand different cultures best when they are compared with their own. The unit culminates with a "street festival" to explore food, arts and crafts, and religion.
This unit uses rap lyrics to explore elements of poetry in a way that is relateable and interesting.
This unit examines the similarities between Black and Latino culture (history of language and migration, sports, music) in order to develop deeper understanding and allow students to better relate to each other and to cultural subject matter.
This unit teaches students to interact with literature in order to improve comprehension, with focus on different voices in the text.
This unit explores the legal definition of sanity and how it affects convictions and punishments in the legal system, as well as how we as a society view mental illness both in and out of the courtroom.
This unit focuses on four groups that have experienced the "Citizenship Complex", or the fight for recognition of humanity and as citizens in the United States: African-American slaves, women, Asian immigrants, and the LGBTQIA community. By comparing these groups over time, a better understanding will be built of what American citizenship means at different times in history.
This unit gives students a deeper background and understanding of Latino immigration and settlement patterns, traditions, and value systems, as well as a consideration of the political struggles Latinos have faced over the course of history.
This unit emphasizes the power of the spoken word to articulate an outsider's perspective on society's problems. This concept will be explored through a variety of genres and media, and students will think critically about what they are reading as well as the world around them.
This unit works to encourage students to cross the bridge from concrete to abstract thinking and to actively engage with literature as they read.
In this unit, students will read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Lord of the Flies by William Golding, as well as other texts, in order to learn what a community is, what its values and rules are, and who or what really holds power in relation to how the members of the community react, think, or feel. With this information, students will become active thinkers and members of their communities, analyze causes and effects, become aware of what happens in their surroundings, and contribute to problem solutions.
This unit studies the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, particularly the 1st and 4th Amendments and how they relate to the Internet and constitutional privacy in the 21st century.
In this unit, students read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich, Sliver of a Full Moon by Mary Kathryn Nagle, and a selection of poems written by Native American writers in order to reflect on how a person reacts to hardships and to learn that injustices, prejudice, loneliness, and poverty can be defeated.
This unit uses The Tempest to focus on the issues of perspective, knowledge, culture, and forgiveness.
This unit is designed to make students more aware of the role that France played in world events of the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on Indochina (Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam) and the conflict there.
In this unit, students will explore how theatre constructs representation of community, both negative and positive, and the ways in which drama can be used for social change. Ultimately, students will be equipped with a sociological lens that will allow them to explore the ways in which dramatic texts construct community.
This unit discusses the clauses present in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution that contributed to the continued discrimination against Native and African-Americans and the decided imbalance of power and privilege granted to different groups of people.
This unit provides knowledge with regard to our justice system, how it works and the effect that it will have upon students as they become adult members of this fast paced, ever-changing technological society. Students will learn that our judicial system speaks through judges, prosecutors, plaintiffs and defendants, victims, witnesses, and jurors, and that in order to make our justice system work, citizen participation is needed, in the form of speaking out on important political issues and being active.
This unit focuses on the political status of Puerto Rico and the citizenship status of Puerto Ricans, exploring the ways in which Puerto Rico's lack of representation in the United States government complicates identity debates in the United States and on the Island, as well as the Island's history, starting with the end of the Spanish-American war of 1898 and its effect on the future of Puerto Rico.
This unit will give students foundational knowledge of the people, culture, and history of various countries in the Middle East.
In this unit, students will examine the significant role played by urban migration and immigration in shaping modern America, especially the arts. Students will discover the experience of African-Americans during the Great Migration and reflect on poetry written during the Harlem Renaissance, then learn about the persecution and detention that met Chinese immigrants in San Francisco, as well as exploring the Great Migration in Chicago and finally modern poetry centered around Arab immigration.
This unit examines various texts, movies, and paintings to draw connections between these works and life, and to analyze characterization and the issues discussed, such as poverty, family life, bullying, and solitude.
This unit incorporates literature and art from the early- to mid-1800's in order to develop students' ability to analyze the works and relate them to the events of the historical period.
This unit focuses on the complications of literature and identity. Through reading, analyzing, and interpreting literary texts, students will discover that these two words donâ€™t point to concrete, stable objects. Students will be able to cultivate a sensitivity to how identities interact with constraining, conforming, and negating forces so they can see how this works in literature as well as in their own lives.
This unit encourages students to become authentic thinkers and to express their unique thinking through various creative writing projects.
In this unit, students will read and respond to political selections in order to develop a nuanced appreciation of democracy in contrast to other political systems, and ask themselves whether or not our government has lived up to the promise of â€œlife, liberty, and the pursuit of happinessâ€ to the people it represents.
In this unit, students will analyze different texts, debate, pose questions, engage in self-reflection, and research their community in order to arrive at an ethnographic representation thereof. Students will learn the importance of neighborhood communities, school communities, family communities, and the communities they build for themselves.
This unit gives students an opportunity to explore, understand, explain, and comment on their identities as well as the identities of others through reading, writing, and discussing multicultural literature and engaging in conversations that address difficult topics related to the expression or development of identity.