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.
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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.
The Beats in Poetry and the Poetics in Rap: Learning the Elements of Poetry Through Rap Lyrics and Applying Those Learned Elements to Poetry
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.