ESL Gangs Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kandi Young

Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.

This lesson will focus on helping ESL students define gangs found in the United States, understand how they function, and analyze their societal impact.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Define a gang
  • Understand how gangs function
  • Recognize the impact of gangs on society

Length of Lesson

1 to 2 hours

Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9

Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.

Materials

Am I a Gang? Activity materials

  • Handout with word gang defined.
  • Handouts detailing information, such as membership requirements, activities, related symbolism, about popular non-gang affiliated groups. All references to the name of the group should be removed.
  • Handouts detailing information, such as membership requirements, activities, related symbolism, about gang affiliated groups. All references to the name of the group should be removed.

History of Gangs Activity materials

  • Internet access for research
  • Presentation software

To join or not to join? Gang Debate Activity materials

  • Handouts detailing positive aspects of joining gangs
  • Handouts detailing negative aspects of joining gangs
  • Sample video of a debate (optional)

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