The following are lessons that can be adapted and
incorporated into your classroom.
The first two lessons offer a way in which to get students thinking
about the Urban Agenda project.
The third lesson offers another way to get students thinking about
issues that affect their lives.
The fourth and final supplement is a writing assignment that can be
adopted into any classroom.
The first two lessons,
Defining Your Space and Agenda Building, are the standard lessons that comprise agenda
building. These lessons allow
students to first become acquainted with various terms and ideas and then
use these definitions to explore issues in their own world. The lessons will enable students
to hash out issues of importance to them and let them know that they are
politically involved, even if it is somewhat
The third lesson,
Utopian School, offers students a chance to build their own
school. However, this lesson
is not merely an exercise of imagination. Students are forced to think about
concerns of funding, government approval, parental approval and other
caveats of public planning.
This offers students a deeper insight to the trials of the decision
The writing lesson is a
way to get students to research and logically organize an argument around
their issue. The oral
component, offered as a suggestion, also allows students to lead classroom
conversations on their issue.
All of these lessons
touch upon fundamental skills and knowledge found in the MEAP. The creative teacher can use the
foundation in these lessons to build their own lessons to meet the needs
of their classrooms.
Defining Your Space