things I most want my students to understand after this course or
the different people are in their community.
these people come from and WHY.
struggles involved in creating and sustaining families and communities.
will students learn about?
urbanization of the U.S. subsequent to the Civil War, as well
as the urbanization of their own community. Focus will be placed
on the people who came to the cities, particularly immigrants
(especially in Lansing), and how they shaped the North Lansing
is this worth learning?
topic is central to knowing "who are we?" in our community. It
is profound to learn the circumstances we come from as it informs
our identities today. Many students talk about living on the "North
Side," yet struggle to define what that geographic and mental
will students come to understand during this unit?
do you want your students to do to build and demonstrate their understanding?
evidence from own lives and families of "who they are," and the
history behind how they came to North Lansing.
from family members.
that relate to the personal histories.
assemble and present to each other (in class, web based too?)
will you and your students know what they understand?
will engage in a "field study" of local environs where they
will have to describe what they see, taking pictures and taking
note of historical sites and patterns of change.
What do the industrial areas have to do with current settlement?
at various buildings -- are they from the same period. If not, what
might explain the
development at various times?
evidence do we have of immigration (how have immigrants from the
past left their
do new technologies enhance Teaching for Understanding?
curriculum more generative?
goals more explicit and central?
performances of understanding?
curriculum frameworks/standards addressed in this unit are:
III.2 Ideals of American Democracy
students will explain the meaning and origin of the ideas, including
values expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution,
and other foundational documents of the United States.
constitutional democracy is founded on a core set of values
expressed in the nation's foundational documents. A shared commitment
to these values bonds Americans with a common identity and provides
social cohesion. Political and legal processes are created to
clarify the meaning of values in the American creed and to resolve
conflicts among those values.
II.I "Diversity of People, Places, and Cultures"
All students will describe, compare, and explain the locations
and characteristics of places, cultures, and settlements. The
mosaic of people, places, and cultures expresses the rich variety
of the earth.
and human characteristics meld to form expressions of cultural
uniqueness, as well as similarities among peoples. Culture is
the way of life of a group of people including language, religion,
traditions, family structure, institutions, and economic activities.
I.I Time and Chronology
thinking is at the very heart of historical reasoning. Without
a clear sense of historical time we are bound to see events
as one great tangled mess. Events must be sequenced in time
in order to examine relationships among them or to explain cause