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Mountains of Cerebral Palsy

This unit explores the challenges of living with a disability and the achievements of the human spirit through role-play and interview activities. Students also examine health standards around the world based on the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights.

Previewing the Reflection:

A series of open-ended pre-reading questions designed to engage students, assess prior knowledge, and expose any pre-conceived ideas about the person or culture explored in the Reflection.  Previewing the Reflection questions are intended to be non-threatening and accessible to a range of students.  Students are encouraged to answer honestly, and to discuss their answers with their classmates.

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Reflection: Mountains of Cerebral Palsy by Calvin Kennedy

Calvin is a teenager living with Cerebral Palsy. What begins as an exciting hike outdoors ends up being an even more important life lesson for Calvin. While he struggles with doubt and fear, in the end it’s Calvin’s inspiring strength and optimism that get him up the mountain.

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Understanding the Reflection:

This resource is to be used during and after students read the Reflection.  Included in it are a series of reading comprehension questions designed to check for student understanding of the Reflection.  These questions formats include multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, short response, or other effective questioning strategies.  

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Learning Activity: English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies-People Who Move Mountains

English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies / 6th, 7th, 8th / 240 mins

Beginning with Calvin's inspirational Reflection, students will consider what it is like to live with a disability. Through role-playing, reading, writing and researching, students learn about famous people who have lived with a disability and achieved great things and celebrate these men and women.

Learning Activity: English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies-Power of the Mind

English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies / 6th, 7th, 8th / 4-5 class periods (240 min)

Why do humans behave the way they do? What motivates us? How do fear and the opinions of other people affect our choices? Students delve into human psychology as they conduct personal interviews with an adult, exploring these questions. Integrating technology into their investigation, students will produce podcasts that share their findings with a larger audience.

Learning Activity: Social Studies-Wellness around the World

Social Studies / 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th / 4-5 class periods (300 min)

Calvin's Reflection raises questions about health: what is a healthy life and do people have a right to a certain standard of health? Students take a global perspective on the topic, first researching and then evaluating how well different nations live up to the ideals stated in the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights.

Reviewing the Reflection:

This resource is to be used after students read the Reflection.  It includes a series of post-reading questions designed to encourage student reflection and assess changes in students' perception and understanding of the cultural issues addressed in the unit through some deliberately repeated questions in the "Previewing the Reflection" activity.

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Responding to the Reflection:

This resource should be used after the students read the Reflection. Students are presented with a list of questions intended to illicit a more personal response about the Reflection they have just read. After considering those questions, students compose a letter to the author of the Reflection with their thoughts, observations, questions and comments. Teachers should feel free to contact if they would like to have their students' finished letters delivered to the One World Ambassador.

Culture Cube:

This resource can be used at any point within a unit. The Culture Cube allows students to think about and organize their research of any culture into eight major traits (social groups, government, history, language, daily life, economy, religion, and art). The Culture Cube can prepare students before reading a Reflection, or before doing unit resources and learning activities. Similarly, teachers can use the Culture Cube to wrap up or assess students’ knowledge after engaging in the other unit resources and learning activities. The Culture Cube can be used in isolation of or integrated with the larger One World Curriculum. Definitions and examples of each trait of culture are given to guide students. The Culture Cube requires students to go beyond the Reflection for their research, so teachers need to make available a number of different resources from which students might gather information, including, but not limited to: textbooks, websites, encyclopedias, reference books, reports and maps.