In this unit, students will explore the different forms and meaning family can take. Throughout, there will be an emphasis put on a fluid definition of family. From the traditional mother-father-children to friends who are like brothers to a woman caring for her aging boss, this unit will use age-appropriate literature to guide an exploration of what family can look like. In turn, there will also be opportunities for exploration of how families choose to represent and define themselves. Additionally, there will be study of the importance of point of view. A story and a situation can change dramatically depending on whose eyes are seeing it. Students will be given opportunities to turn the established and familiar around, looking at it from an unconventional or new point of view. One of the performance assessments will give the students an opportunity to interview various aged people about family, which will allow the students to see how opinions and definitions of family can grow, expand, and shrink as people age.
Nichols, Amy, "Family" (2006). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 9.
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