“What’s the REAL DEAL about Place and Power?” Curriculum

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“What’s the REAL DEAL about Place and Power?”

The goal of this curriculum is to engage students in grades 6-12 in thinking critically about who they are and who they want to be.

  • Place can refer to a geographical or physical area (neighborhood), online spaces where identities are created and relationships are formed (social media), an emotional or mental state (“He’s not in a good place right now.”) or a social context (“She doesn’t know her place.”).
  • Students will also think critically about the concept of power including personal power, social power, financial power, marginalization and privilege.
  • In addition, students will explore the intersections of place and power – how we get power from our place (where we are physically and emotionally) or how a place can be marginalized, making us feel that our power is being limited.

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Scenarios USA believes that young people are experts on what it means to be teenagers today. The “What’s the REAL DEAL About Place and Power?” curriculum invites students to unpack the concepts evoked by place and power and to create a final project that will challenge our ideas around these complex concepts. Students will come out of this work with a clearer idea of who they are now and who they want to be.

Fundamental concepts of “What’s the REAL DEAL About Place and Power?”

  • Inquiry-driven: This curriculum is driven by the essential questions, “Who am I?” and “Who do I want to be?” Students will apply critical thinking skills to their own relationships and to the creation of their own life narratives.
  • Project-based: Throughout the curriculum, students create a portfolio of work in their creative journals. The project culminates in the final lesson, when each student creates a narrative, that is his or her personal response to the curriculum.
  • Learning to learn “Learner reflection prompts” throughout the curriculum engage students in the critical analysis of their learning process.
  • Common Core State Standards: Each lesson is designed to engage students of all abilities and learning styles in writing, reading, researching and presenting their ideas. All activities help students meet the highest Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Social Studies.
  • Social Emotional Learning: When students are invited to make social and emotional connections to the concepts and skills they are learning, they feel more connected to their learning, their learning environment and their teacher. Each lesson will activate students in developing their social and emotional learning competencies:
    • Self-awareness
    • Self-management
    • Social awareness
    • Relationship skills
    • Responsible decision-making

For more information, please contact Bianca Laureano, Director of Education and Outreach.