Memphis Exploratory

Lead middle school students in an examination of identity, membership and belonging, and civic participation through an analysis of historical case studies and literature.

Designed especially for Memphis educators, the course outline for each grade level provides a roadmap for an 18-week course of study with links to the necessary activities, materials, and assessments. Each year, students explore questions of identity, membership and belonging, choices, and civic participation through different historical case studies and literature selections. Each course culminates in its own final project that challenges students to create plans for how they can work with others and on their own to be upstanders in their school and local communities.


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Memphis Exploratory: Grade 6 Course Outline

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Memphis Exploratory: Grade 6 Course Outline

This course outline provides an instructional pathway for sixth-grade educators to teach an 18-week Facing History course exploring questions of identity, family legacy, group membership, and choices. 

Course content is based on the following resources: 1) Unit: Identity & Community, 2) Unit: My Part of the Story, 3) Novel: Wonder, and 4) Memoir: Brown Girl Dreaming.

Memphis Exploratory: Grade 7 Course Outline

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Memphis Exploratory: Grade 7 Course Outline

This course outline provides an instructional pathway for seventh-grade educators to teach an 18-week Facing History course examining the catastrophic period in the twentieth century when Nazi Germany murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other civilians, in the midst of the most destructive war in human history.

Course content is based on the following resources: 1) Unit: Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior and 2) Memoir: Somewhere There Is Still a Sun.

Memphis Exploratory: Grade 8 Course Outline

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Memphis Exploratory: Grade 8 Course Outline

This course outline provides an instructional pathway for eighth-grade educators to teach an 18-week Facing History course exploring questions of identity, membership and belonging, and the power of their individual and collective choices. 

Course content is based on the following resources: 1) Unit: Choices in Little Rock, 2) Memoir: Warriors Don't Cry, 3) Unit: My Part of the Story, and 4) Nonfiction Book: Enrique's Journey.

 

 

 

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