Improve the Lives of the Homeless in New Orleans
By caroline vanek, July 2, 2008
- High School
- Language Arts
Seven or eight 60-minute-long classes over seven or eight days
Homelessness is a huge problem in post-Katrina New Orleans, as the city lacks shelters and funding for other types of assistance. By discussing the problems of poverty and homelessness, the students will learn to relate to these experiences, and will then generate ideas to improve the lives of New Orleans’ homeless population.
Level IV [Grade 9 – 12] 1. Benchmark 4. Uses word processing software to produce documents (e.g., manuscripts, business letters, memorandums, resumes 2. Makes business letters using word processing software
|1.||Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process|
|2.||Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing|
|3.||Uses grammatical and mechanical conventions in written compositions|
|Gathers and uses information for research purposes
- Students will develop their writing skills by writing for a target audience.
- Students will present their plans to the class to demonstrate public speaking skills.
- Students will be able to empathize with those who have less than them.
- Students will work collaboratively to create a finished project.
- interviews (city officials, homeless individuals, former homeless)
- http://www.bayoubuzz.com search homelessness
- word processing software
- poverty: lacking the usual or socially acceptable amount of money and/or material possessions
- recession: a period of reduced economic activity
- debt: something owed
- scavenger: someone who appropriates discarded or refuse material
- squatting: occupying an abandoned building
- addiction: compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance
Day 1 1. Teacher will introduce what a business plan is and the similarities between a business plan and design plan. How to design a business plan:
- Identify the problem
- Identify your audience
- Design a vision statement
- Gather all the data you can on the feasibility and the specifics of your business concept
- Focus and refine your concept based on the data you have compile
- Outline the specifics of your business
- Put your plan into a compelling
The students' business plans and presentations will serve as the assessment. By evaluating their plans and asking questions after their presentations the teacher will be able to gauge the students' involvement, effort, and understanding of the objectives.
Enrichment Extension Activities
- As a homework assignment, students can write a journal entry of the feelings they had while spending time with the homeless and write how they think their lives would be different if they were in these people's shoes.
- Students can study the history of homelessness in other parts of the world and compare it to the situation in New Orleans.
Plan has not been used yet.