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How are artists reacting to the current economic situation? Poet Bob Hicok was born and raised in Michigan, worked in factories and once owned an automotive die design business there before becoming a professor at Virginia Tech. His poetry reflects on the economic hardships suffered in his home state. His poem, "In These Times," Hicok reflects on unemployment in a small town and its affects on families and communities. For more on how to incorporate this poetry reading into the classroom, see the discussion questions also included in this Unit.


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  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-12-02.

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The resources contained within the this Open Educational Resources module contain five units generated by professors who work with pre-service teachers. Each unit spans between 2 and 4 weeks of time and can be used independently or together. Each session allows students to work alone or in a group to write response papers and upload them onto an OER website. Important vocabulary and key websites are included. A history of copywrite laws, and a detailed process of creating a webquest are clearly outlined and engaging. Finally, students can learn the practical application of using Web 2.0 and wiki’s as a means to enhance 21st century literacy tools by helping to write a digital textbook for Curriki. All in all. very worthwhile and ready to use in many teacher development courses.

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