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:
- Define how the poor and homeless are oppressed, identify the causes of this oppression, and analyze the strengths and limitations of the solution(s) proposed by government or non-government organizations. (PSL.CWI.6)
- Engage in activities that meet community needs. (PSL.GOV.20)
- Read and comprehend complex literary texts independently and proficiently. (RL.11-12.10)
- Write informational/explanatory text to explore a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (W.11-12.2)