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A Format for Conducting Discussions Among Students about Hurricane Katrina and the Events in the Gulf Coast:
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This lesson plan/discussion outline and set of worksheets from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning can be adapted for use with many disturbing events in the news. These tools help students sort out events in an emotionally intelligent way. The worksheets ask them to focus on different groups involved in the conflict or disaster. [broken link]
THE GULF COAST REGION: GEOGRAPHY, DEMOGRAPHICS AND THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE KATRINA
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This lesson calls on students to use research skills to gather the answers to scavenger hunt questions related to the Gulf
Coast Region from a number of primary sources.
Using what they have learned from researching, they participate in a class discussion related to the history, topography, economics, and demographics of the Gulf Coast Region/New Orleans. They create a graphic organizer that illustrates the negative impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast Region/U.S., and write 2-3 opinion paragraphs about the long term effects of Hurricane Katrina based upon
reasons, facts, and examples learned in class discussion and their individual research. [broken link]
Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters:
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There are many kinds of activities that teachers can use to help students prepare for or recover from a disaster, some of which are included here. These include conducting classroom activities that can help children cope with trauma by sharing their experiences and expressing their fears or concerns; conducting study projects or multidisciplinary units focused on disasters as a way of integrating learning across the curriculum; introducing units on disaster preparedness; and designing service learning projects. Pre-K through high school. [broken link]
Teaching about Katrina
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Teaching for Change offers this audio interview with Enid Lee, renowned anti-racist multicultural educator, on teaching about Hurricane Katrina in the classroom. An edited transcript is also available.
Part I: When You Raise Money, Raise Questions (MP3)
Part II: Lessons of History and of Hope (MP3)
Part III: Teaching Katrina and Meeting NCLB Standards (MP3) [broken link]
An Unnatural Disaster
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Published by NYCoRE (New York Collective of Radical Educators), this study guide was written shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast. The guide is available in Word or PDF format. [broken link]
Bringing Hurricane Katrina Into the Classroom: Media Literacy Lessons
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For educators who want to help students analyze, understand, and cope with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the Alliance for a Media Literate America offers this basic set of media literacy activities and suggestions. Designed for high school but can be extended to middle school or college.
National Writing Project: After Katrina
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This page of teacher resources lists many good sites with lessons, information, and classroom activities. [broken link]
Aftershocks; Earthquake Relief and Recovery in Modern History
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In this lesson, students will learn how the recent earthquake in Pakistan has resulted in temporary diplomacy between Pakistan and India. They will then examine several earthquakes occuring in modern history, and the ways each region managed, or is managing relief and recovery efforts. [broken link]
Teaching about Haiti, from TeachingForChange.org
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All too often we hear that Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, but little explanation is provided as to why, leaving students to assume it must be the fault of the people there.
While students should be encouraged to contribute to relief efforts, it is also important to gain a deeper understanding of the history and the roots of the poverty in Haiti. The US has been involved with Haiti for centuries, yet it has received little attention in textbooks or the curriculum. Part of our commitment to the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake can be to not only increase our support but also our awareness. As informed citizens, we can advocate for respectful and constructive relations with Haiti in the years ahead. Just as the study of Black History should be year round, so can our study of Haiti. For example, Professor Madison Smartt Bell suggests that "The Haitian Revolution, though seldom studied in proper detail outside Haiti, ought to be found near the center of any basic curriculum of American History."
To assist in bringing this history to the classroom, Teaching About Haiti has been posted online by Teaching for Change. This 43-page booklet (PDF), last reprinted in 1994, can be downloaded and reproduced at no cost. While some of the statistics are dated, the history, songs, oral histories, and literature are very useful for students in elementary, middle and high schools. The document can be downloaded in sections. [broken link]
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