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Lesson Plans

The teachers utilizing these modules will be able to choose from a number of activities, which are appropriate for varying grade and ability levels. Each unit will be comprised of at least four components including: textual, visual, a “contact”, research and simulation, and additional extension activities.

The faculty from the following high schools have worked in collaboration with Rutgers University faculty in creating these modules:

    Hunterdon Central Regional High School
    Perth Amboy High School
    West Windsor-Plainsboro High School

Framework for Module

  1. Core Questions
    1. What is a minority?
    2. Is minority status synonymous with powerlessness?
    3. Can minority and majority groups interact with equity and justice?

  2. Objectives
    1. Skills
      1. Role playing
      2. Creative thinking
      3. Research
      4. Internet use
      5. Essay writing
      6. Analysis and synthesis of information
      7. Debate
      8. Presentation

    2. Knowledge
      1. Define a minority within a specific area.
      2. Explain why minorities may experience powerlessness.
      3. Explain the dangers of having a privileged minority status within an area.
      4. Explain the extent to which minorities with equity and justice within an area (note-equity and justice must be defined).

  3. Methodology
    1. Potential Introductory Activities
      1. Ask students for descriptions of a minority group.
      2. Simulations from Advanced Placement World History Teacher’s Guide
      3. Bafa Bafa Simulation

    2. Core Activities
      1. Films (Unit Specific)
      2. Review of literature (Unit Specific)
      3. Guest speakers (Unit Specific)
      4. UN Conference on the issue of equity and justice for a minority group

    3. Lesson Plans
      1. Case Study on China: This module is intended to introduce high school students to some of the frontier minority cultures in China. The lessons focus on Tibetan, Mongolian, Manchurian, and Xinjiang (Uighur) minorities located in the northwest border regions of China. The previously mentioned minorities come out of distinct historical and cultural contexts that are quickly changing.
        1. China's Borderlands Debate
        2. Mongol Jigsaw Lesson
        3. Tibet Jigsaw Lesson
        4. Uyghur Jigsaw Lesson
        5. Yi Peoples: Sanctioning Taboo in China
      2. Simulation of Iranian Minority Groups
      3. Case Study on Latin America


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