1. Topic-
It Starts @ School
 
2. Content-
Student have now spent two full class periods surveying their assigned cities: Crime rates, median incomes, home values, average education achieved, and economic stability. They are now going to combine all of their findings over the past few days into one summarized description. Students now should be able to formally establish a personal opinion on a variety of things regarding the different cities and some of the social injustices that all derive from a regions economic position.
 
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.For students to be able to identify connections between economy and positive/negative factors in a community
2.relate education to economy, and describe how education has proven to have an effect on a communities livability
3.describe why communities change or stay constant based on information gathered
4. Discreetly have students convince themselves why its essential to stay in school, and show how the farther the education takes them, how more likely it is for them so have a better quality of life
 
4. Objectives-
1. Independent conclusion based on group study from previous days
2.Defend how education directly correlates to many other factors than what many assume
3. Identify a long term impact on education, and how these long term impacts effect education creating a dangerous continuous cycle in many instances.
 
5. Materials and Aids-
Information gathered from class periods prior in this unit.
 
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

The class periods prior will serve as an introduction, they already have all tools and information necessary to complete this assignment thoroughly
 

B. Development-

Students will be asked to create a vin diagram of two school districts on the state report card. They will be required to include elements of the community beyond that presented on the report card however. This diagram will be expected to depict how education correlates to many other factors in a community outside of that found in a schools academic population but rather the communities population as a whole.
 

C. Practice-

I will present an example vindaigram that I have completed of two irrelevant cities giving students suggestions as to what factors students should focus on when completing their person diagrams.
 

D. Independent Practice-

1.Students will be required to create a venn diagram of two cities studied in class.
2. They will use the facts listed on the Venn diagram to establish a one page summary of a city and how its educational system has had either a positive or negative impact on the city as a whole
 

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Accommodations from lessons prior will all be readily available
2.Ipad's may be utilize to create diagrams if necessary
 

F. Checking for understanding-

Students will be submitting their positonal defenses to myself for grading. Content grading will be based on their ability to support their position with facts, and direct me to the facts used.
 

G. Closure-

1.With the remaining 15 minutes of class we will have an open class discussion regarding the content presented over the past 3 class periods. Students will be able to discuss their feelings about their findings and how they have altered their view on the importance of education or even their own personal community as a whole.
2.Student will be prompted to answer questions such as:
- How do we improve the quality of life in ___ city
-How do we maintain the quality of life in ___ city
-How can we improve test scores in schools to provide additional funding?
-What things can we do to improve cities that have been consistently inadequate.
 
7. Evaluation-
In addition to Venn diagram and summary submission, Students will be prompted to reflect on their findings once more briefly in their daily journals
 
8. Teacher Reflection-
Post lesson I will be grading all summaries and diagrams submitted over the past three class periods and providing the student with both grades for: class/group participation, completion of requested tasks, and defense of their opinion established based on their findings.
 

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