It is this idea of equal rights for all around which I will build an 18 week study unit, in Future Studies, for use with seventh grade students in the Resource Room Program for Gifted. The study initiates yet another call to action for change in the direction of social growth in this country while providing a safe forum for open and honest dialogue among the differing cultural groups who make up this class.
This study will afford students opportunities to research Supreme Court cases, formally debate court rulings, write a scenario portraying a possible futuristic America and participate in a field practicum for media production, while evaluating various social, economic and racial conflicts that exist among America’s ethnic groups.
It employs as its core lesson a simulation “Equality,” which is intended to be used in conjunction with factual information about this society. It examines the discrepancies that exist among rich and poor and among the various ethnic groups who call America home and it invites students to take a new and unbiased approach to viewing that which keeps us separated as a people.