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Gangs and Bullies
Students discuss bullying. They listen to or read the story "Kids Join Gangs to Beat the Bullies." Students role-play bullying situations and discuss possible outcomes. Role play ideas and the link for the story are included with the lesson.
Do the Right Thing
Learners consider the relationship between gang violence and the factors that can contribute to its increase. After researching the issues behind one such factor, students make recommendations that may help reduce gang violence.
The Last Spin
Students define the term "street gangs." They play the roles of reporters for a national teen magazine, and they must find out why a teenager called Danny committed suicide.
Young scholars explore the concept of "the ends justifying the means" by examining the behavior of historical and fictional heroes. They view and discuss a video on the Gangs of New York and Les Miserables. Then they break into small groups to chose an event in recent history, such as the invasion of Iraq, to write an essay on whether the ends can justify the means.
The Infamous W Gang & Lonely H
Students remember that the main purpose of reading is to comprehend what they have read as they read a section in their history book with the expectation that they answer questions at the end. They answer comprehension questions using the "W Gang and Lonely H".
The Writing's on the Wall
Students examine a job-training/violence reduction program that removes gang graffiti in East Los Angeles. They discuss issues confronting their own communities and propose community service programs to address these issues.
How Danny Responds to Conflict (Chapter 5, "The Longest Day")
As they continue to read Eagle Song, learners further develop their reading comprehension skills while working collaboratively with their peers. Following a similar format to previous lessons in this unit, the teacher reads aloud the first few pages of chapter 5 while students work in groups to answer text-dependent questions, supporting their responses with specific examples from the book. Young readers then work independently moving through the rest of the chapter, identifying other significant details in the story as they read. Children then return to their groups to discuss the remaining questions for the chapter, sharing the different supporting details they were able to find. Please note that this unit does not include a lesson for chapter 6 as it involves gang-related issues. It suggests that you either skip the chapter or cover it as a whole-class read aloud and discussion.
Students examine the attributes of teamwork. In this current events lesson plan, students compare and contrast gangs with teams. Students conduct their own school gang audit and discuss the implications of violence.
The Last Spin
Twelfth graders watch a video about gangs and how they solve their problems. They role play the role of reporters and in groups they try to figure out why a teenager committed suicide.
Condon National Bank
Use maps, readings, and photographs to analyze the historic, cultural, and social conditions surrounding the activities of the Dalton brothers and their gang. Learners identify how the residents of Coffeyville defended themselves against the gang.
Sixth graders investigate peer pressure, gangs, drinking, and using drugs. In small groups, they conduct research, develop, edit, and write a three-minute script, and perform the script for the class.
Shadow of the Dragon
Students complete literary analysis and a topic study for Shadow of a Dragon.For this literary analysis lesson, students complete a prewriting about the topics of gangs, Vietnam, and immigrants. Students complete 49 activities related to the topic.
Sixth graders explore psychology by participating in a role-play activity. In this peer pressure lesson plan, 6th graders discuss ways their classmates deal with everyday life by utilizing drugs and alcohol or participating in gang activities. Students write scripts and perform a story which is based upon teen behavior.
The Info Gang
Students explore personal safety by participating in an Internet activity. In this internet security lesson, students identify the uses of passwords and screen names in order to hide and secure their digital identities. Students practice identifying the passwords of other students by completing a Hangman game in class.
Gangs or Cliques?
Students examine bias in language and images in popular media. They critically examine how prejudiced attitudes conveyed through the popular media contribute to the creation of negative ethnic stereotypes.
Why Join a Gang?
Students read a specific article that is provided in the instructional activity. They write down their feeling of some of the items that wee listed under gang prevention strategies. They provide a written evaluation of the articles of gang prevention strategies.
The Ganges Human-Environment Interaction
In this geography activity, students find the missing word or phrase that best completes each of the 7 sentences pertaining to condition of the Ganges River in India.
Currency Exchange and the Gang of Fifteen
Students demonstrate the ability to comprehend and calculate currency exchange rates.
Gangs and Clicks... Are They One In the Same?
Students compare gangs and cliques. In this comparison lesson plan, students prepare to read the book, The Outsiders, by making a Venn diagram comparing gangs and cliques. They brainstorm ideas about the two groups which they add to the graphic organizer on an interactive whiteboard. They use the ideas to debate the issue.
Snoopy & The Gang
In this Snoopy and The Gang worksheet, students review and discuss eighteen characters and terms associated with Snoopy and The Gang. Students circle each one in a word search puzzle.