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Learners view videos, visit websites, and read about the nature and changes made to the idea of political asylum. Beginning with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, they will explore policy change throughout the years. The lesson culminates in a simulation of discussions regarding the tragedy of SS St. Louis.
Students examine Haitian culture, including its discovery, colonization, and political and economic development. Role-playing in two ethnic groups, they caucus and develop strategies for the Haitian Revolution. In learning centers, students create Haitian meals, assess the religions, and survey immigration policies.
Eighth graders examine the history of South Carolina's mental institutions. In this South Carolina history lesson, 8th graders discover details about asylums built in the state in the 1800's. Students analyze primary sources about mental health care in the states and create timelines that feature the history of mental health care in the state.
Twelfth graders examine the background of democratic and authoritative rule in Haiti. In pairs they conduct a simulated interview, reporting for a news station about the political, personal, and economical life in Haiti. They conduct Internet research, write their interview questions, and present a video presentation of their interview.
Citizenship and basic human rights are the focus of the lesson plan presented here. In it, learners compile a basic list of human rights, then access a website in order to complete some activities that are based on rights and responsibilities. The activities are meaningful and educationally sound. As a final activity, pupils construct and "ideal citizen" together. They add images and words to show the key rights the citizen has, and the responsibilities that are associated with these rights. An inventive, and enjoyable lesson plan!
Tenth graders discuss the events leading up to antisemitic behavior in Europe during World War II. Through various activities, 10th graders acquaint themselves with the political ideology of Nazism and assess responsibility for the Holocaust. Materials to complete this unit are included.
Young scholars examine the events surrounding the Holocaust in World War II. After viewing a clip from "The War", they work together in groups to research the various responses from governments on the tradegy. To end the instructional activity, they write a journal entry about how to remember the victims and support the survivors.
Young scholars explore primary sources about immigration. In this research instructional activity, students will use passages from a variety of sources to assist them in understanding this issues or immigration. Young scholars will engage in a class discussion regarding the steps needed for immigration reform in the 21st century.