Subject/Content Area: World Cultures/Social Studies
Target Audience: Freshman, 9th grade. The students are our lowest functioning group that is not labeled with a special education designation. The students are following a program that falls within the curriculum parameters associated with the World Cultures course of study. This is an entry level course and is a state requirement for graduation in Illinois.
Project Goals: This project will likely cover a two-to-three week unit related to the African continent. The overall purpose of this project is to enable the students to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world as indicated in the executive summary of the Curriculum Standards of the National Council for the Social Studies. This project will illustrate the importance of water as a resource and as an instrument of change in an interdependent world.
Students will be able to:
- analyze and explain the ways groups, societies, and cultures address human needs and concerns.
- predict how data and experiences MAY be interpreted by people from diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference.
- compare and analyze societal patterns for preserving and transmitting culture while adapting to environmental and social change.
- construct reasoned judgements about specific cultural responses to persistent human issues.
- develop a sense of citizenship regarding the importance of civic issues such as health care, crime, foreign poilcy, and personal involvement.
Alignment with National Standards and State Goals: Since we live in a democratic society, it is of the utmost importance to produce as well-educated citizens as is possible. Accordingly, this project adheres closely to the following Ten Thematic Strands in Social Studies of the National Council for the Social Studies:
II. Time, Continuity, and Change
III. People, Places, and Environment
V. Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
VI. Power, Authority, and Governance
VII. Production, Distribution, and Consumption
VIII. Science, Technology, and Society
IX. Global Connections
X. Civic Ideals and Practices
Assessment will follow several methodologies:
- Know/Need to Know Boards
- Concept Maps
- Performance Assessment
- Thinking logs