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Caroline Ayers Interdisciplinary Unit Introduction: Our unit focuses on the very pertinent and modern issue of the genocide in Darfur. Darfur, located in the Sudan in the middle of Africa is a highly important issue that is constantly ignored by schools, people, and our government. We believe that it is of vital importance to make our students aware of the travesties occurring as we go about our normal lives. In this unit you will see exercises explaining the history of the Sudan, the current conflict in Darfur, staggering statistic studies, and service learning activities. We believe that teaching our students the issues and making sure they are informed citizens is merely half of the learning process. We want to give our students a voice during this crisis and allow them to stand up for what they believe in. We accomplish this by having out students make awareness posters, write letters to the President, and raise money to help support the victims of this genocide. This unit covers powerful information and teaching it will mold our students into better citizens.

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Caroline Ayers

Interdisciplinary Unit

Introduction: Our unit focuses on the very pertinent and modern issue of the genocide in Darfur. Darfur, located in the Sudan in the middle of Africa is a highly important issue that is constantly ignored by schools, people, and our government. We believe that it is of vital importance to make our students aware of the travesties occurring as we go about our normal lives. In this unit you will see exercises explaining the history of the Sudan, the current conflict in Darfur, staggering statistic studies, and service learning activities. We believe that teaching our students the issues and making sure they are informed citizens is merely half of the learning process. We want to give our students a voice during this crisis and allow them to stand up for what they believe in. We accomplish this by having out students make awareness posters, write letters to the President, and raise money to help support the victims of this genocide. This unit covers powerful information and teaching it will mold our students into better citizens.

Theme(s): Genocide

Essential Question(s):

1. How can power be abused?

2. What responsibility do people have for each other?

3. What should a nations priorities be?

4. What can we, as Americans, do?

Focus Statement: Our unit focuses on the very current event of genocide in Darfur. We plan to explore the history of this tragedy, what they as a people have been through, why this would happen, where else it happens in the world, and what we as American citizens can do about it.

Horizontal Mapping

Mathematics

Social Studies

Language Arts

(Everything)

Infor Text. 1- Cite pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

7.RP.2. Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.

7.H.2.2 Evaluate the effectiveness of cooperative efforts and consensus building among nations, regions, and groups (e.g.

Humanitarian efforts, United Nations, World Health

Organization, Non-Governmental Organizations, European

Union and Organization of American States).

7.H.1.2 Summarize the literal meaning of historical documents in order to establish context.

7.H.1.3 Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives.

Infor Text 2. Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

7.RP.2c Represent proportional relationships by equations.

7.SP.3 Informally assess the degree of visual overlap of two numerical data distributions with similar variabilities, measuring the difference between the centers by expressing it as a multiple of a measure variability.

7.H.1.2 Summarize the literal meaning of historical documents in order to establish context.

7.H.1.3 Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives.

Infor Text. 3. Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text

7.H.1.2 Summarize the literal meaning of historical documents in order to establish context.

Infor Text. 4- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone,

7.SP.4 Use measures of center and measures of variability for numerical data from random samples to draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.

Infor Text 7. Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each

mediums portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the

delivery of a speech affects the impact of the

words).

7.SP.6 Approximate the probability of a chance event by collecting data on the chance process that produces it and observing its long-run relative frequency, and predict the approximate relative frequency given the probability.

7.H.1.2 Summarize the literal meaning of historical documents in order to establish context.

7.H.1.3 Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives.

7.H.2.3 Explain how increased global interaction accelerates the pace of innovation in modern societies (e.g. advancements

in transportation, communication networks and business practices)

Infor Text 8. Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

7.RP.2d Explain what a point (x.y) on the graph of a proportional relationship means in terms of the situation, with special attention to the points (0,0) and (1,r) where r is the unit rate.

7.EE.2 Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities are related.

7.G.3 Describe the two-dimensional figures that result from slicing three-dimensional figures, as in plane sections of right rectangular prisms and right rectangular prisms.

7.G.5 Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure.

7.H.2.4 Analyze the economic, political, and social impacts of disease (e.g. smallpox, malaria, bubonic plague, AIDS and avian flu) in modern societies.

7.G.1.1 Explain how environmental conditions and human response to those conditions influence modern societies and regions (e.g. natural barriers, scarcity of resources and factors that influence settlement).

7.G.1.2 Explain how demographic trends (e.g. population growth and decline, push/pull factors and urbanization) lead to conflict, negotiation, and compromise in modern societies and regions.

7.G.1.3 Explain how natural disasters (e.g. flooding, earthquakes, monsoons and tsunamis), preservation efforts and human modification of the environment (e.g. recycling, planting trees, deforestation, pollution, irrigation systems and climate change) affect modern societies and regions.

Writ. 1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section

that follows from and supports the argument presented.

7.E.1.1 Explain how competition for resources affects the economic relationship among nations (e.g. colonialism, imperialism, globalization and interdependence).

7.E.1.3 Summarize the main characteristics of various economic systems (e.g. capitalism, socialism, communism; market, mixed, command and traditional economies).

Writ. 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 13 above.)

7.NS.2 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers.

7.E.1.3 Summarize the main characteristics of various economic systems (e.g. capitalism, socialism, communism; market, mixed, command and traditional economies).

Writ. 5. With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

7.E.1.2 Explain the implications of economic decisions in national

and international affairs (e.g. OPEC, NAFTA, G20, WTO,

EU and economic alliances).

7.E.1.4 Explain how personal financial decision-making impacts quality of life

Writ.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

7.SP.7b Develop a probability model (which may not be uniform) by observing frequencies in data generated from a chance process.

7.SP.8b Represent sample spaces for compound events using methods such as organized lists, tables, and tree diagrams. For an event described in everyday language, identify the outcomes in the sample space which compose the event.

7.SP.8c Design and use a simulation to generate frequencies for compound events.

7.G.1 Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing at a different scale.

7.G.2 Draw geometric shape with given conditions.

7.G.2.1 Construct maps, charts, and graphs to explain data about geographic phenomena (e.g. migration patterns and population and resource distribution patterns).

7.G.2.2 Use maps, charts, graphs, geographic data and available technology tools (i.e. GPS and GIS software) to interpret and draw conclusions about social, economic, and environmental issues in modern societies and regions.

Writ. 8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or p