Homelessness Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct students on factors surrounding homelessness. Students will explain the cause and effects of homelessness, and they'll complete a case study activity to better understand the homeless community.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on homelessness, students will be able to:

  • ask and answer questions about the causes of homelessness.
  • discuss the relationship between homelessness and domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness.
  • evaluate the effects of homelessness on society, including factors such as physical health, criminality, and economics.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3

Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Vocabulary

  • abuse
  • homelessness
  • loss of income
  • low-income housing
  • neglect
  • poverty
  • poverty threshold
  • shelter
  • subsidized
  • substance abuse

Materials

Video & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students prior to watching the video lesson.
  • Watch What Is Homelessness? - Definition, Causes & Effects as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What is homelessness?
    • What are some of the causes of homelessness?
    • What is the poverty threshold?
    • What are some options available to homeless people?
    • Why aren't these solutions sufficient?
    • How does homelessness contribute to poor health?
    • What are some of the social problems communities face because of homelessness?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.

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