The 5 Habits Framework

1) Evidence (How do I know what's true?)

2) Perspective (Who might think differently?)

3) Connections (What other areas of knowledge are connected?)

4) Supposition (How might it be different if..?)

5) Significance (Is this important?)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Changing Faces and Tongues of the South

Asian-Americans are changing the face of the South

1)  How do we get evidence about demographics?  How reliable is a self-reported census?  Are the questions on a census accurate?  Useful?  How?  Should schools accommodate the diverse languages of immigrants?  Are all immigrants coming to the southern US for the same reason?    

2)  Is there a such thing as a native Texan?  Who might have a different perspective on this issue?  Tony Romo?  Montezuma?  Sam Houston?  A teenage boy of Vietnamese descent in 2014?  2030?

3)  How does this relate to immigration of the early 20th century?  Have all groups been welcomed to larger American society equally?  How is this issue related to Health and fitness? 

4)  What might happen if we restricted immigration from certain populations?  What might happen if Southern states actively pursued more immigrants?  Are we seeing a larger trend in popular culture (i.e. more actors of Indian descent on TV)?   

5)  What are the present and future implications of this issue for schools?  Businesses?  Recreational activities?  

Extension Activities:
1)  Students can review their school's policy on ESL services and determine if it is not doing enough to address specific needs, adequate in its function, or too accommodating.

2)  Students can graph or chart on a map or other visual medium the changing demographics of the region and predict the future based on current or anticipated trends.

3)  Students can review the platforms of elected or potentially elected officials to see if they are appropriately addressing the issue?  

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