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The Change Project: Mobilizing Change

Can students mobilize their community to overcome its most pressing needs?

Instructor

Ed Franco

Ed Franco
Economics Teacher
Schlagle High School

Contact: edward.franco@kckps.org

Instructor

Joanna Schindel

Joanna Schindel
ESL Teacher
F.L. Schlagle High School

This unit is designed to help students identify health disparities in our own community and learn how to advocate and promote community health.

Main Objectives

  • To present students with pressing, issues/problems gathered from experts about the challenges and barriers facing their community, and they will choose which issues they personally find most significant.

  • They will investigate these issues to determine if these are the same issues that the community believes are challenges and barriers facing them. Students will follow a research model similar to the community-based participatory action research.

  • The students will partner with local organizations, industry partners, and community members to mobilize our community and create change that bridges the gap between the perceptions of the industry and that of the community.

  • At the end of the project, students will evaluate the effectiveness of their ability to mobilize the community to overcome those issues in order to argue an answer to our driving question by presenting to both the industry partners and community members their findings and recommendations for future action.

Unit Lesson Plan

Unit Overview


Lesson 1: Entry Level

This lesson will serve as an introduction and hook into the project for the semester. The entry event exposes them to the issues in the community our project will focus on. It will establish a reason for why we need to learn the skills on our scales. Once students are interested in the project and invested in making it their own, the follow-up lessons to the entry event will begin to look at how the scale matches up with their own “need to know” list they created during their entry event. This will help them to see how the skills outlined on the scale will help them to be successful in their project goals.

Students will be able to:

  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question or solve a problem
  • Narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate
  • Synthesize multiple sources on the subject
  • Demonstrate understanding of the subject under investigation
  • Participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
  • Build on others’ ideas
  • Express their own ideas clearly and persuasively

Lesson 1 Resources

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Lesson 2: Photovoice Narratives

In this lesson students will be interviewing the community to learn about their experiences related to the issue they have chosen to address. They will be taking these interviews and creating stories that can be publicly shared as an advocacy tool during their project. Students need to know what narratives are, what features are necessary in narratives, and the different forms that narratives can take. They need to know this in order to be able to create the right kind of questions for the interviews.

Students will learn:

  • The different parts of a narrative.
  • Different forms a narrative can take.

Lesson 2 Resources

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Lesson 3: Narratives: Storytelling

Students will be interviewing the community to learn about their experiences related to the issue they have chosen to address. They will be taking these interviews and creating stories that can be publicly shared as an advocacy tool during their project. Students need to know what narratives are, what features are necessary in narratives, and the different forms that narratives can take. They need to know this in order to be able to create the right kind of questions for the interviews.

Students will learn:

  • The different parts of a narrative.
  • Different forms a narrative can take.
  • How techniques are used, and themes are developed.

Lesson 3 Resources

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Lesson 4: Round Table Discussions

Students will need to learn how to discuss and collaborate with people in order to engage in conversations with people outside of our school to accomplish the goals of the project.

Students will learn:

  • How to use knowledge about engaging in conversations to get important information for our project.
  • How to respond to the questions of our community partners.

 

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Lesson 5: Publishing Findings

Students will be preparing for their final presentation to share their progress, their findings, the evaluation of intervention, and their recommendations for future action.

Students will:

  • Use intervention evaluation and all the research information from the project (Surveys, interviews etc.) to determine if their hypothesis was correct or not correct.
  • Create their claim.
  • Address the counterargument.
  • Use sufficient and relevant evidence to support their claim.

 

Lesson 5 Resources

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