Residential Segregation and Parable of the Polygons

Ridwan Abdi


Step by Step Instructions

  1. This lesson can be done over two days. To start, I will create four student groups, give out the KWL-CL CHART, and introduce the topic of Residential Segregation by using questions such as What are some of the factors that contribute to residential segregation? What are the consequences of residential segregation? After introducing the topic, give students a couple of minutes and ask them to fill out the first two columns of the chart.
  2. After students are done writing, I will ask students to read the article “Attacking the Black–White Opportunity Gap That Comes from Residential Segregation” with their group.
  3. Then, students will be given a guided worksheet to fill out as students play the game Parable of the polygons to get a deep lesson about diversity in a fun way. I will quickly model the activity beforehand. This activity makes students consider bias and how it leads to a segregated resident.
  4. After all groups are done with their activity as a class, groups will share their answers with the whole class and participate in discussions. Then I will ask students to complete the rest of the KWL-CL CHART.
  5. We will also talk about what type of mathematics they have seen during the reading and activity. At this point, I will reintroduce the mathematics used in the article and the gaming activity using Google Slides. During the slides presentation, students are expected to answer the questions in the slides and take notes simultaneously.
  6. To conclude our activity, students will write a reflection of a minimum of two sentences on the relationships between percentages and fractions on the back of the KWL-CL CHART. My CDL strategy mini-lesson satisfies the CL dimension of focusing on sociopolitical viewpoints by reasoning how the smallest of biases can push a whole society past the tipping point of residential segregation.
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About the author

I am a lifelong learner born and raised in Kenya. I have always been passionate about education and the power it has to open up doors and help people reach their goals. Education has been a cornerstone of my life, and I believe in its ability to foster creativity, build confidence, and provide opportunities. My goal is to help others realize their potential and find success in their pursuits. To that end, I am currently working towards a degree in Education and Math, with the ultimate aim of becoming an educator. In my free time, I enjoy playing card/board games, spending time with family, and exploring new places. I also have a strong interest in reading manga/manhua, watching anime, and traveling. Above all, I am committed to making a positive impact on the world through my work in the field of education.