The Ghetto: What’s In a Name?

The Ghetto: What’s In a Name?

CRA Description : 
This assignment assesses studentsʼ abilities to analyze the interplay between individual environments, the communities produced by these environments, and the opportunities afforded to their inhabitants. Students will examine a poem, song, and 2 articles and then discuss the benefits, drawbacks, causes, and consequences of life in these neighborhoods. They will also explore present day realities and compare them to the life presented in the reading samples. After individual reflection followed by a group analysis of the issues, students will write a 3-4 page response paper on their perceptions of ghetto life, including the factors that affect it and the consequences it produces.
Subjects: 
Social Studies
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Bias
Cause and Consequence
Community
Concepts of Race
Conflicting Viewpoints
Environmental Benefits and Limitations
Ethnocentrism
Ghetto
Multicultural Societies
Prejudice
Socioeconomic Stratification
Stereotyping
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should have had practice in persuasive writing techniques and participating in active classroom discussions. They should also be able to apply appropriate reading strategies to decipher a textʼs meaning and understand how these same strategies apply to different kinds of readings (songs, poems, and articles). Furthermore, they should understand the basic idea behind time as a factor of change, the effects of prejudice, and the influence of viewpoints.