Mapping The World Around You: Using Digital Mapping and Inquiry to Interpret Historical Moments of Segregation

Jasmine Dozier, World History, iMeck Academy at Cochrane Collegiate Academy

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


Students of Sociology and World History will explore the history of Urban
Renewal/Gentrification and the world around them. In this unit, both 9th-grade students and 11-12th grade students will use the curriculum to delve into the history of migration, wealth, and status due to gentrification and urban renewal. The North Carolina Essential Standards and Common Core will be used in this unit to increase reading comprehension, research, collaboration, and writing skills. Students
will be able to understand the complexities of Charlotte’s history. People of Color in Charlotte, North Carolina have a very rich history, but due to historical factors such as inequity and systematic racism, this history has gone unrecognized. Students of World History will use different eras of time to understand, analyze, and define the impact of urban renewal on current neighborhoods and even school systems. Students will also compare the efforts of urban renewal to historical moments around the world such as Apartheid, using de jure and de facto racism to understand why people move and/or are restricted to one place. Mini-lessons will be delivered, which will increase the vocabulary of students to apply those terms to historical concepts to increase inquiry and research for product submission. This topic is chosen mainly to create a sense of urgency and community amongst and within scholars, and for students to be able to advocate for others who may not be able to advocate for themselves. In Sociology, students will be able to use the concept of the intersectionality of historical moments and the social stratification of human beings as it relates to race, class, and culture.