This unit is versatile. The number and variety of discussion questions and activities provided is
meant to give teachers the choice to use what most suits their interests and circumstances.
Each of the three lessons can stand on its own. Depending on time available and other
circumstances, teachers may choose to forgo
- one or even two of the lessons;
- some of the Student Handouts within lessons;
- some of the discussion questions and activities.
To facilitate modifications, discussion questions and activities are keyed to specific Student
Handouts, and summary questions are identified.
Time taken will vary, depending on teachers’ selections from the materials provided, on
coverage of detail, and on whether some Student Handouts and activities may be assigned as homework.
One example of barebones coverage in only one class period that still touches on each Unit Objective would be:
- The teacher summarizes the main points of the Historical Background (desirable for the barebones approach, but not vital).
- The students read Student Handout 1.2 and respond to questions/activities 1, 3, 4, 5, and 8 based on it.
Doing all parts of Lesson 1 with choices from among its questions and activities would take
two periods. Lessons 2 and 3 could be tailored to one more class period each.
No materials are needed other than pencil and paper.