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Students examine myths and stereotypes about Hispanic immigrant groups. They appreciate and share the strengths of their diversity and view films that challenge ideas about education and cultural values. They explore the Latino Rights Movements that took shape in the l960's and l970's.
Eleventh graders participate in a lecture on the history of Latin Americans and the role of Latin-American women writers. As a class, they read a story together and identify what lessons the narrator gained throughout the story. In groups, they examine the author's life and compare it to their own. To end the instructional activity, they use the internet to research various aspects of Latino culture.
Students explore the "coming of age" process experienced by adolescent girls on their journey from children to adulthood. They focus on the middle years or limbo period in which girls decide who they want to become as women or rather, society decides who they have to become because they are women.
Students investigate the concepts of genetics and how it is tied to the variations found within different species and how it is tied to adaptations. They review the theory of evolution and factors found to help create variation. The objectives of the lesson are completed with research and writing a report.
Students participate in discussions and listen to audio programs about giving and receiving respect. They identify disrespectful behavior and role play ways to promote respect in their own lives. They also examine the relationship between honoring diversity and being respectful towards others.
High schoolers explore religious expression in the United States. In this religious freedom lesson, students read a handout regarding Religious Freedom Day and other handouts regarding religious expression in public schools. High schoolers complete the provided worksheet activities as well.
Students are introduced to the concept of globalization. In groups, they read primary source documents to view sweatshops from different points of view. They write a paper about the impact of globalization on the garment industry and the effect it has on its workers in Asia.
Students explore the concept of making and maintaining friendships. They identify the important factors in establishing and maintaining friendships. Students establish a definition for the their own social network and create an action plan for meeting their social support needs.