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Insights from the Field: Understanding Geography, Culture, and Service.


Designed for use with students in grades 6-12, this curriculum guide uses primary source materials from the experience of Peace Corps volunteers in countries, such as the Dominican Republic, to enliven the study of geography, culture, and service. The guide aims to engage students in an inquiry about the world, themselves, and others as they focus on a culture other than their own. It contains learning activities and performance tasks to help students learn important lessons about geography; increase their understanding of other cultures; broaden their perspectives on the world; appreciate how they are connected to their world; become inspired to engage in service to others; and achieve important curriculum standards. The guide consists of three instructional units on: (1) geography, (2) culture, and (3) service. The Peace Corps volunteers' accounts of their experiences serve as teaching content. The guide is divided into five parts: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Geography: It's More Than Just a Place" (Introduction; four modules; and Culminating Performance Task); (3) "Culture: It's More Than Meets the Eye" (Introduction; six modules; and Culminating Performance Task); and (4) "Service: You Can Make a Difference" (Introduction; six lessons; and Culminating Performance Task); and (5) "Appendix" (A Curriculum Framework; The Dominican Republic: An Overview; Map of the Domincan Republic; Bibliography; and Acknowledgements). (Contains a 25 item bibliography.) (BT)

  • Contributor: Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Office of World Wise Schools
  • Date Published: 00-00
  • Year: 2002

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