Social Justice Thematic Unit Development Map
Unit Topic/Problem: Deculturalization
1- What is deculturalization?
2- How has deculturalization affected student participation and drop-out rates?
3- How individuals/ groups resisted deculturalization?
4- What actions can students take to identify problems in their educational system and become active participants in creating social justice for themselves?
Other Understandings Students will Gain
Local- Current Real World Understandings
-Current class and racial segregation.
Local-Historical/ Culturally Relevant Understanding:
-Understanding the motives behind deculturalization.
-Understanding of the effects of deculturaliztion within specif groups.
-Understanding of how deculturalization can be resisted in today's culture.
-Recognizing local historical figures: Jean Baptiste Point du Sable
-Influence of Gwendelyn Brooks in literature.
Global Connections (past and/or present)
-Understanding of how art can be a tool for activism:
Ai Wei Wei (Chinese)
Main Texts (reading, visual, video, music, etc.)
•Higher Learning Movie (excerpts)
•Civil Rights (Grades 4-8) by Karen Baicker
•“The Narratives of Fredrick Douglas" by Fredrick Douglas.
•My World History published by Pearson
•Young peoples History of the US (Howard Zinn)
•From Slavery to Freedom
•Urban Renewal or Urban Removal
Primary Instructional Approaches
Project based learning
Visual learning – art, documentaries, movies
A limited amount of classroom lecture
Learning Activities, Projects, Products
- Journal entries discussing what is the most important aspects of their culture.Include music, books, TV, magazines,etc.(Stories, poems, lyrics.)
-Community research: Interview elders and/or members of the community to find commonalities between past and present issues in the community)
-Final exhibition of artifacts, objects, drawings, photographs.
Key Learning Activities (formative assessments)
-In class reading of journal entries
-Field trip to the Dusable Museum
-Field Trip to the Chicago History Museum
-Retelling and documenting interviews
-Design/creating of texts and images for final exhibition.
Essential Learning Standards
Essential Common Core Standards
•Help student make the connection between issues within their local community, at national level and worldwide.
•Students are able to research and come up with supporting arguments to a viewpoint.
•Students are able to write a structured essay using logical argument.
•Students should learn the skills of critical thinking, debating and presenting in front of classmates.
culture/deculturalization, stereotyping, prejudice, social justice, equality, bias, resistance, museum curator, activism
Other Modes of Learning
•Fieldtrip to Dusable Museum.
•Guest Speaker: Candice Hunter (contemporary artist currently exhibiting at the Dusable Museum) will speak about using art as a plataform for exposing issues affecting the individual and the collective. Art as activism
•Chicago History Museum