Creating culturally competent lessons into a seventh grade core knowledge unit on World War II





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The research question addressed in this capstone was: what elements of a culturally competent curriculum would allow Core Knowledge to decrease the achievement gap? The ground for this capstone was surrounded around the difficulty with finding only Eurocentric point of views within the Core Knowledge curriculum. The unit lesson set-up is based around the idea of Wiggins and McTighe's, Understanding by Design method (1999). The main goal of each lesson is that students will gain an understanding of how multiple groups of people were involved in World War II. Students will understand point of view by reading historical narratives, comparing and contrasting differing sets of ideas, values, personalities, behaviors and institutions, analyze cause and effect relationships, identify issues and problems of the past, consider multiple perspectives and question historical data.

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