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Gotta Be Me
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Using online content from PBS's AMERICAN VISIONS episode entitled "The Promised Land," students will examine the importance of individual and group identity in framing the way people see the world. What did America's first settlers plan to do when they came here in the 1600's? How did their self and world perceptions frame the way that America is as a society today? Students will begin by creating self-portraits. They will then design a model society, in a manner reflective of early Americans: they will write the laws, determine environmental concerns, and survey lands. Finally, they will write an essay on how individuals are reflective of societies and how social climate affects individuals.

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Subject Matter:

Social Studies

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Examine how societies are born, through the hands-on creation of a model society.

  • Reflect on their identities by drawing a self-portrait.

  • Identify factors that impact a society's development.

  • Be able to write a three paragraph reflective essay.

  • Improve their artistic and computer skills