Scholarship of Discovery; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Early adolescents find themselves in a very unique juncture of life. Even though these students in the middle grades are often troublesome to adults, they have the ability to perceive deep truths and are making decisions that will affect the way they live the rest of their lives. This transitional time between childhood and adulthood is the prime time to introduce students to important concepts, such as the need to seek social justice. For this project, lessons regarding various aspects of social justice were taught to the Middle School/Jr. High Youth Group at College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The following paper highlights the process of the lessons and the activities therein, which occurred over a seven-week period in the months of September, October, and November of 2012. Students who completed necessary paperwork participated in a pre survey and a post survey. Results indicate students did achieve the main goals of the unit. A variety of methods and activities were used to communicate concepts with students, all of which are described in the course of the paper, and its appendices.
Gerstung, Stacey J., "Teaching Social Justice to Middle School Aged Children" (2013). Honors Program Projects. 36.