Produced by Judy Zaidner, 1994
As a seventh grade teacher of English and Social Studies, I will integrate the information learned from the UCLA summer institute by relating lessons on Russia and Eastern Europe to current events in the area, as they develop.
It is also important to expose my students to the number of differing ethnicities and the varied multicultural background of the areas. At this point, the students will then be able to draw educated comparisons of the ethnic problems of Russia and Eastern Europe to the ethnic problems they have been exposed to in California.
Take the students to the library to work in small groups with a variety of reference materials, including atlases. Using hand-outs 1 and 2, the student will label a map of the countries of the former Soviet Socialist Republics, as well as the geographic regions and the physical features.
Homework: Make an alphabetic listing of the countries with the correct spellings and discover the correct pronunciation, if possible.
After a discussion of the map from day 1 , the children will receive hand-out 4. It will be pointed out again that these are now countries and not Soviet Socialist Republics (SSR). Data will be read and interpreted by students, especially data on ethnicities.
Children will work in groups to discover answers to questions on hand-out 3.
Homework: Finish work on hand-outs 3 and 4.
Introduce the class to countries in Eastern Europe by reading and interpreting the map which is hand-out 6. This map concentrates on the various ethnicities and the total disregard for national borders, as seen in the newly-created countries of the former USSR.
The students will work in small groups to answer questions on hand-out 5, They are to also make up ten questions relating to hand-out 6.
The students will discuss answers for hand-out 5 and ask one another their own questions. We will begin to make comparisons of problems in other countries to problems in our own area. Hand-out 7 will be distributed and the poem read aloud and discussed. Children will be asked to select a group of people and do research to find out more about these people. Trips to our school library as well as West Valley Regional Library will be necessary. Interviews with fellow students, as well as relatives will be encouraged. Another source of information may be ethnic groups of students at CSUN and UCLA.
Published: Thursday, April 28, 2005
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