Here is my lesson Plan in PDF form:
And here is a the lesson as seen in iBook. Although unable to use the links or features, this allows you to view the pictures and see the lesson in a different look/format:
The overview of this lesson is as follows:
Students will investigate the forced relocation of peoples from the Aleutian Islands to Southeast Alaska during World War 2. This lesson will fit within a larger unit of WWII or an Alaska History class- deepening awareness of the history of movement of people and present day movements of people. Migration, globalization, war, subsistence lifestyle, civil rights and social justice issues are amongst the many lessons that in a larger unit can be obtained.
Reflecting on the creation and completion of this particular lesson (which is really a few days of a much larger unit), it is a good start to a much larger unit required in order for me to get what I hope to accomplish– accomplished. To be honest, I don’t love the final piece- and ‘wish I had more time.’ But I think that is part of the learning process… I do like the Cultural Standards I believe that this lesson hopes to embed within it. I think that it is most closely aligned with pieces of Alaska Cultural Standards ‘B’, ‘D’ and ‘E.’
B2: “provides students with an understanding of the dynamics of cultural systems as they change over time, and as they are impacted by external forces.”
A key piece of the lesson is looking at the impact of WWII on the people of the Aleutians- being forced to leave their homes and live in internment camps for some years in Southeast Alaska. And then upon their return home, what had changed and how that change has impacted the peoples of the Aleutians. This lesson looks at how a culture is impacted by an external force.. and how that force has changed the culture.
D1: “draws parallels between knowledge derived from oral tradition and that derived from books.”
Some of the lesson is student research based– looking at books and reading online written materials. Some of the lesson is listening to Elder stories, both recorded and in person. The assessment of knowledge gained comes in the form of both sharing (both written and orally) with the class ‘things learned’ from the written materials as well as ‘things learned’ from the oral tradition.
E: “A culturally-responsive curriculum situates local knowledge and actions in a global context.”
At the very beginning of this lesson, we look at gapminder.org, to see trends of years and places around the world where populations have changed. We also create a word wall of ‘why people move’- on a global scale. But this lesson also looks inward and utilizes students’ local knowledge. A key piece of this lesson is the creation of maps by the students. For this activity, they are to look at change/movement in their own lives as well as that of their ancestors and communities. In this way, we are connecting local to global.
I look forward to looking at other student lesson plans and then adapting mine for use in the future.