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High schoolers read U.S. News & World Report article that discusses safely and effectively rebuilding New Orleans and restoring Big Easy's distinctive character. They investigate history of this remarkable cultural capital and develop advertising campaign that attempts to evoke the city's ethnic and cultural diversity.
Learners use a map to locate New Orleans and watch a video on the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. As a class, they watch a demonstration on how a wetland can reduce the impact of a hurricane. In groups, they perform their own experiment and compare and contrast the amount of meshed materials and hypothesis about how land can be protected by wetlands.
Students explore the use of martial law at the Battle of New Orleans. In this Andrew Jackson lesson, students analyze primary documents pertaining to the move by Jackson to use martial law in the battle. Students then consider situations where martial law might be suspended today.
Students observe the PBS film, "New Orleans," to explore such topics as race relations, cultural history, and urbanization. After examining n interactive map displaying the city at various dates in its history, students role-play as visitors to the city and write letters to family members in their preselected states or countries. The lesson, which also covers such topics as civics, history, and geography of the city, conclues with a student discussion