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Middle School Social Studies

We’ve just wrapped up a very successful unit on homelessness, culminating with a huge poverty simulation involving nearly all of the middle school students and many of their parents. MLive did an article on the event which can be found at http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/03/middle_school_homelessness_sim.html. Students also participated in a debate taking on a variety of roles, as well as wrote persuasive essays on topics ranging from the elimination of the food stamp program to the criminalization of homeless people. April will see a new unit called Little Entrepreneurs, which will cover a variety of concepts in microeconomics. Students will work towards creating products to market and “sell” to younger students in exchange for items needed at the local homeless shelters in an event called “Trader Joe’s Big Bartering Bonanza.” So please start looking in closets and drawers for toiletries, hand warmers, disposable cups and plates, etc.

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