Cultivating the Classroom Culture

Torrieann Dooley, Second Grade, David Cox Road Elementary  School

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200 Word Synopsis

The readings and lesson in this curriculum unit promote the ideas of cultural identity and identity of urban life. Over the course of three to four weeks students will engage in various activities such as reading mentor texts, creating a quilt, conducting research, interviewing family members, integrating poetry writing and technology, and writing short stories to build a better understanding and respect for their peers. These skills will hopefully set a foundation for how students should interact with others throughout their lifetime.
Through this curriculum unit, students will take an interest in learning about their peers in order to show respect and give value to the individual lives that we all live. This curriculum unit also aims to create a collective identity where students can unite under a common ideal related to who we are as a class.
This curriculum unit integrates the second grade Common Core Standards for English Language Arts along with the North Carolina Essential Standards for Social Studies.