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Poverty & Social Inequality

Socially-based Curriculum Unit

The unit, created for HHS4M (Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society), will be approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective including cultural, sociological, anthropological and psychological.  It will deal with such pertinent issues as the working poor, financial poverty vs poverty of opportunity, the politics of poverty and the overall impact of poverty on the individual and society as a whole. 

A wide variety of teaching strategies will be used with a focus on differentiated instruction.  These teaching strategies may include:

  1. statistical analysis by accessing current data bases (ie/ Stats. Can.)
  2. role playing
  3. visual impact webs (ie/ Fishbone)
  4. political representation/expression through music and the music industry (lyric analysis)
  5. creation and/or analysis of a case study (ie/ analysis of privatization of the health care system)

The unit will end with a summative assessment that will be presented in the form of a “Choice Board. 

By the end of this unit, students will have a better understanding of poverty and social inequalities. In addition, they will have further developed their critical analysis and research skills.

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