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  • During reading, students are introduced to a wide variety of books covering issues that face our world today. Titles include: "That's Not Fair! / No Es Justo!: Emma Tenayuca's Struggle for Justice/La lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia", "Earth’s Growing Population," and "Harnessing Power from the Sun." Teachers begin to ask questions such as, "What type of behaviors have an impact on our country?" and "How will our actions today effect the 7th generation in the future?"

  • The concept of what it means to have a perspective is explored. Students also start to consider the roles and responsibilities we have to the challenges facing society.

  • Visitors are welcomed to the classroom and the students take multiple field trips to places such as, the Water Reclamation Plant, an urban farm and a building materials salvage warehouse. They learn about the science behind the water treatment cycle, the economic impact of growing food in the city, and cost savings when reusing construction materials.

  • After conducting research using both print and web-based resources, students write persuasive essays on a topic of their choice. They learn about how to cite resources, construct organized paragraphs, and use descriptive language to make their argument.

  • Students generate their own issues and challenges that are facing the world and the different levels of action they can take to make a difference

    Students take the initiative to plan a school-based food bank which will include produce grown in the school garden. They consider all aspects of the plan including financial and logistical considerations.