This unit is meant to be taught in a 6th grade inner-city classroom. The makeup of the classroom is African American and Hispanic (Puerto Rican). Although our students are being reared in one of the most liberal and affluent society of all, so many of them have no knowledge of the history of America. Many are unaware of the contributions of their own forefathers.
The population that this unit will be taught to is not “native” Americans. All of their ancestors came to this country from another land. There were diverse reasons for their ancestors coming to this country. With the exception of the African American, it appears that all the other groups generally came to America of their own free will.
This unit will focus on four minority groups. Asian (Japanese and Chinese), Jewish, Hispanic (Puerto Rican and Mexican) and African American. We will look at their contributions in politics, education and inventions. We will also look at the living habits of these groups. Mathematical presentations will be used extensively to display and compare data.