Many of the students for whom the unit is written, will enter the course as fourth year veterans of the TAG (Talented and Gifted) Resource Room Program. They come together, as a group, one day per week and from three area middle schools, bringing not only different ethnic backgrounds, but educational, social, economic and religious differences, as well.
The teacher who chooses to implement this unit, naturally has freedom to augment the lesson ideas in a way such that it is conducive to teacher planning time and to the learning styles of the students. Keep in mind that the study is student oriented with the teacher serving as facilitator. It is designed with the idea that there are two teachers involved in the implementation and that students are comfortably familiar with independent learning strategies. While the unit is intended for students who are being serviced through Gifted programming, it is easily adapted to any grade level and to numerous academic disciplines in the regular education programs.