Off to College: Where Am I Going and What Really Happened There?

Kimberly Palmer, English, Merancas Middle College High School

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


This curriculum unit focuses on the awareness of gentrification, specifically
gentrification surrounding college and university campuses. The texts in this unit explore the historical events that have been hidden over time or hard to access. Students will read texts that explore concepts that they are unfamiliar with, as well as historical documents that traverse information about areas that they may have grown up in or visited. In order to complete this unit successfully, students will need to have a firm grasp on how to decipher various themes and concepts presented in a text and the deeper meaning behind them. Students will analyze various texts in order to make connections among details and historical events. They will come up with
ideas and proposals for solutions to the historical damage done to many minority citizens, in particular African Americans. The goal is to challenge students to gain a deeper understanding behind the idea of gentrification and be informed of the history of various institutional surroundings. The culminating activity will require students to research, unify, and present their findings on history that isn’t generally discussed in a classroom. They will complete a digital mapping website as a presentation of their findings and arguments.