Title: Changes in Communities (Lesson will
be spread over the course of several days.)
Materials: data-retrieval charts, materials
to make thank-you notes for guest speakers, survey chart on the
- In groups, students will compare the Caribbean
islands of the past with how they are in the present, based on how
the past and present are represented in the story
- Each student will have a member of the
community complete a survey on how their community has changed
- Students will list on specific thing they
learned from the speaker on community change in a thank-you
- Ask the students to think about how the
Caribbean island discussed in the story had changed since when the
grandmother had lived there to when the girl and grandmother
"visit" the island.
- Group students in fours.
- Hand out the data retrieval chart shell.
- Instruct students to fill in the information
to compare the past and the present of the Caribbean islands in
terms of 1) types of jobs, 2) cities, 3) the selling of food, and
4) the types of people on the island.
- Ask students to choose a spokesperson for
- Have the group representatives come to the
front of the class and report their group's ideas.
- Point out the similarities and differences
between the groups' answers.
- Brainstorm with the class specific questions
the class could ask about changes in their own community. List
ideas on the board.
- Encourage questions dealing with 1) specific
events of the past 2) contributions of various cultures to the
community 3) factors that have influenced change in the community
4) what skills have been developed to increase in production
within the community and 5) how supply and demand has changed the
effect on jobs within the community.
- Type up the questions and run off copies for
each of the students.
- Give each student a copy of the
- Send a letter home with the students
explaining their assignment to have someone in their community
fill out their survey.
- Give the students a period of about a week to
have their surveys completed.
- On the day that the assignment is due, have a
chart drawn on the board with the specific questions running
across the top.
- Go over each question, and have students
contribute answers people gave them on their surveys. Call on
- Write answers in the appropriate column on the
- Discuss findings pointing out the dominant
factors in community change.
- Invite an older community member to speak to
the class on how the community has changed over time.
- As a class, brainstorm questions that students
can ask when the speakers come.
- Enjoy the presentation!
- Prepare thank you notes for the speakers.
Instruct students to include at least on thing they learned from
Evaluation: Check off each groups'
data-retrieval charts and each student's completed survey. Collect
students thank you notes and check for inclusion of at least one
thing each student learned.