POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS
Recognizing causes of oppression and analyzing how organizations respond
An estimated 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year, 39 percent of which are children. The recent recession and foreclosure crisis resulted in increasing numbers of families experiencing homelessness and poverty. This unit affords students the opportunity to examine the social, institutional, systematic, and internalized causes of oppression against the poor and homeless while analyzing the progress of organizations attempting to end poverty and homelessness.
The learning targets for this unit are:
- Identify causes of oppression against the poor/homeless and analyze how organizations respond to resulting conflicts.
- Engage in activities that meet community needs.
- Reflect on your service experiences and evaluate the community need, your actions, your impacts, what worked and did not work, and the ways in which your work contributes to the common good.
- Read to infer/interpret ideas and cite text evidence.
- Analyze how the author's choice of words, text structures, and point of view shape the meaning tone, and style of a text.