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January 25, 2016

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MRH MS Highlighting Weekly Learning

Students in Mrs. Kruger’s E4 classes are deep into their unit on the United Nations.  To begin the unit, students watched the documentary I AM, which explores the questions “What is wrong with the world, and what can we do to change it?”, and “What is right with the world, and how do our actions affect everything else?”  Using the documentary as a springboard for understanding the purpose of the United Nations, students then used a KWL graphic organizer (what I Know, what I Want to know, and what I Learned) to reflect on what they already know about the UN, and what they want to know. Working in groups, they categorized their questions based on patterns they observed. Each group came up with different categories, but a few examples include “developers”, “rules and regulations”, and the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. Students individually chose a question to inspect further, creating an infographic that visually represented their learning.  

As they further investigate the UN, students are being confronted with local injustices and inequities. Through a discussion of the decision making processes that help to shape inequalities and injustices, students examined the idea that those who are most affected by decision are usually the same ones who don’t have a voice. Working in teams, students are analyzing the inequalities and injustices that they see locally, and writing resolutions.

Eighth grade student, Jabari Harris described the process as “enlightening because we discussed inequities that others had not thought about.”   

                                            

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