Introduce some poverty facts about BC, and get the class involved in the following activity to demonstrate inequality.
English Language Arts
- To learn and think critically about the issues of poverty and homelessness, including inequality in a local and provincial context.
- To look at long term, concrete ways to work toward more equitable distribution and the elimination of poverty
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"Learning about Homelessness in British Columbia" is a resource guide, produced by Jennifer Hale, for teachers to use with their students to support aspects of British Columbia senior high-school courses, including Civics 11, Social Studies 11, Economics 12, Family Studies 10-12, First Nations 12, Law 12, and Social Justice 12. For more antipoverty resources, see the following link: http://www.bctf.ca/SocialJustice.aspx?id=21358&libID=21348
The lessons contained in the resource meet learning outcomes that are part of the mandated curriculum in the British Columbia Ministry of Education Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs). The resource is also appropriate for use in other courses and grade levels, and with other youth and adult groups.
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