Day 5 - Current Issues

Standards (Grades 9-10)
  1. Standard - CC.8.5.9-10.A
    Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
  2. Standard - CC.8.5.9-10.B
    Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
  3. Standard - CC.8.5.9-10.I
    Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
  4. Standard - 8.4.9.A
    Compare the role groups and individuals played in the social, political, cultural, and economic development throughout world history.
  5. Standard - CC.8.6.9-10.A
    Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

Standards (Grades 11-12)

  1. Standard - CC.8.5.11-12.A
    Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
  2. Standard - CC.8.5.11-12.B
    Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
  3. Standard - CC.8.5.11-12.I
    Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
  4. Standard - 8.4.12.A
    Evaluate the role groups and individuals played in the social, political, cultural, and economic development throughout world history.
  5. Standard - CC.8.6.11-12.A
    Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

The BIG Idea

Currently, Myanmar is facing their longest ongoing ethnic conflict, as well as communal violence that comes with reform.

Objective

Understand current issues facing Myanmar.

Homework (to be done before class)

The question following the article below can either be assigned as written homework or discussed in class the following day.

Read Peace in Myanmar Depends on Settling Centuries Old Ethnic Conflicts and answer the following questions in written format: What is the crisis in Rakhine? Explain the ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. What are the causes of the respective conflicts

Activity (in Class)

  1. Watch What is Happening in Myanmar? Establishing peace in Myanmar is the main priority for Myanmar’s government. Should peace be the government’s main priority? Explain your answer. Do you think we take peace for granted in the United States?
  2. Summative Assessment. Students will write a one-page argumentative essay that answers the following questions: Based on everything you have learned about Myanmar, what do you think was the biggest cause of the crisis that is happening now? How do you think it could have been prevented? Students are encouraged to do research from credible news outlets to better understand the situation and to come up with possible solutions.

Sources

What is Happening in Myanmar?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4EWf-Gtw_E 

Peace in Myanmar depends on settling centuries old ethnic conflicts

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2017/03/20/peace-in-myanmar-depends-on-settling-centuries-old-ethnic-conflicts/

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