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Discovering DuSable Curriculum

Discovering DuSable Curriculum

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Discovering DuSable Curriculum
Discovering DuSable Curriculum

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Jean Baptiste Point DuSable: Enterprising Pioneer, the Father of Chicago and Peace Maker
Overarching Theme: Architect and Builder of a Vision
Curriculum Goals
 
Engage young people in activities and experiences to gain tangible exposure to the life and times of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, known as the Father of Chicago.
 
Provide opportunities for young people to explore African American history through the life and times of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable.
 
Foster in young people an appreciation for those who came before us and fought to uphold the values of the United States (i.e., liberty, equality, justice and opportunity).
Curriculum Overview
Some people may already know that Jean Baptiste Point DuSable was the pioneer who established the first nonindigenous settlement in the area that would later become Chicago. However, he is not always appreciated for being a fearless adventurer and entrepreneur. He never let the fear of the unknown stop him from pursuing success or pursuing a better life for himself and his family. When he arrived in the area known as Eschikagou, he did not let the challenging terrain and harsh weather conditions detour his goals of expanding his fur trading business. He had the vision and forethought to see the potential for the profitable exchange of commerce. As a result of his actions and entrepreneurial
know how
 he inspired other settlers and indigenous groups to build permanent settlements in the region that will later become known as Chicago. This is a skills-based curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and supporting literacy development. Students will use the DuSable Museum of African American History Discovering DuSable Digitally website (http://virtualdusable.com/index.html) and analyze a variety of informational texts to learn more about the life of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, his migration to Chicago, key events during the period in which he lived and his path taken towards entrepreneurship.
 
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Lesson Module 1 Jean Baptiste Point DuSable
 the Enterprising Pioneer 
:
Establishing a Business in the Middle of Nowhere Content Focus
Jean Baptiste Point DuSable was an enterprising pioneer who had the determination to establish a business in the middle of nowhere. He had the vision and forethought to see the potential for the profitable exchange of commerce. As a result of his actions, his trading post for goods and supplies became the main hub that inspired other settlers and indigenous groups to build permanent settlements near his trading post and grow the region. In this skills-based lesson module aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and supports literacy development, students will analyze a variety of informational texts to learn more about the life of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, his migration to Chicago and his path taken towards entrepreneurship. Students will also create a digital presentation that reflects their understandings of the characteristics and challenges of being an entrepreneur and the lasting legacies of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable
s efforts.
Grade Levels
 6
 –
12
 Number of Instructional Minutes
 60 minutes + 120 minutes for Extended Learning Activity
Skills-Based Standards
 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. (Middle School)
 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-12.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or
 
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ideas develop over the course of the text and make clear the relationships among the key details and ideas. (High School)
 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts. (Middle School)
 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-12.7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively as well as words) in order to address a question or solve a problem. (High School)
 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others
 ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Lesson Goals
 Increase students
 understandings on the characteristics and challenges of being an entrepreneur.
 Increase students
 understandings on the life of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, his migration to Chicago and his path taken towards entrepreneurship.
 Help students to make connections between the past and present.
Lesson Understandings
Students will understand that:
 Entrepreneurs are not born but become so as a result of their experiences.
 Entrepreneurs possess a mindset that motivates them to take risks and overcome adversity.
Questions for Exploration
1. What is an entrepreneur? What are the characteristics of an entrepreneur? 2. How does one become an entrepreneur? 3. What path did Jean Baptiste Point DuSable take to become an entrepreneur? 4. What were the lasting legacies of his entrepreneurial efforts?
Key Concepts
 
Entrepreneur
 A person who accepts some sort of risk in order to pursue a new venture. A person in this role is often characterized as innovative, independent, optimistic, creative, a good communicator and hardworking.

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