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Curbing floods and restoring a sense of community

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“English Avenue, an historic African-American neighborhood with an illustrious past, sits at the bottom of Atlanta’s water runoff. Blighted by regular flooding, mass vacancies, unemployment, and impoverishment, English Avenue finds hope in a home-grown response from its youth. Longtime resident MacKenzie Bass — along with fellow members of Street Smart — helped construct a park that curbs the excess water, creates a gathering place, and seeks to reclaim English Avenue’s identity.”
Grade Level
6-8
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
LEARNING PLAN

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  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • How can we celebrate what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • What makes us who we are?
  • How do communities become diverse?
  • What skills are necessary within diverse societies?
  • What is the difference between being treated unfairly by another person and receiving unequal treatment under the law?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Social Studies
    Civics
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Civic Engagement

  • What is the difference between being treated unfairly by another person and receiving unequal treatment under the law?
  • What effect does injustice have on people and groups?
  • How have people advocated and fought for justice throughout history?
  • What is a just society?
  • How would society be affected if no one took responsibility for standing up for others?
  • Can progress take place without action?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Civics
    Social Justice Domains