Lesson Plan, Unit


In this unit students will be reading about a variety of injustices that exist both locally and around the world. Students will be uncovering the understanding that justice is not always a black and white issue and often has more than one perspective it can be seen from. Students will also see examples of individuals who have fought against injustice. Students will practice using their reading skills on both fiction and non-fiction pieces on this topic. Students will also participate in shared inquiry discussion and a debate wrestling with the ideas of justice. In the culminating performance task, students choose an injustice that exists in their city to fight against. Students first research their local injustice and then create and implement an action plan appropriate to their chosen issue. For example, if students chose to fight the injustice of homelessness in San Antonio, then they could create a school-wide awareness campaign and clothing drive. They could find creative ways to encourage other students to bring in clothes and/or food and then donate their contributions to a local homeless shelter.Repository CitationSutherland, Lisa, "We Can Make A Difference" (2005). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 7.http://digitalcommons.trinity.edu/educ_understandings/7Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.


  • Language Arts > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2.6, as of 2016-03-27.

Component Ratings:

Standards Alignment: 3
Subject Matter: 3
Support Steaching: 2
Assessments Quality: 2
Deeper Learning: 3

Reviewer Comments:

Standards Alignment: This unit from Trinity University in Understanding by Design is aligned to Common Core State Standards.
Subject Matter: Designed to be used to examine real world injustices and then address one, the objects provide comprehensive information to the target audience and connect the subject matter with important associated concepts clearly.
Assessments Quality: The assessment evidence is a Performance Task. Students are asked to make a difference in their communities based on what they have learned. Key criteria for assessment is provided and students are asked for a shared inquiry discussion, journal entries, assessment on author\'s purpose, point of view and context clues to find the meaning of new words. Students are also asked to write three reasons to support their side of an argument.
Instructional Quality: The unit contains well planned lessons for 18 days. Each day is unique and builds on the day before. The unit is not, however, designed with repeated opportunity for foundational skills and procedures to become routine.
Deeper Learning: The unit is designed for deeper learning skills. Appropriate scaffolding and direction are provded.

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