How Poverty Affects Children: Shasha's Story (full unit) 6 to 8


In this middle school unit, students explore the meaning of poverty through the eyes of Shasha, a 14-year-old girl working to help feed her family in post-2010 earthquake Haiti. By examining the root causes of poverty, statistical poverty indicators, and UNICEF poverty-reducing programs, students learn about the effect of poverty on children's lives and ways to break the cycle of poverty. This unit concludes with a writing assessment aligned with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards 1 and 2 for Writing from the Common Core State Standards. The unit also helps build empathy with children who experience extreme poverty with an optional tie-in with "Live Below the Line," a challenge to eat and drink on just $1.50 for five days.

Christine's Story

Dec 29, 2010 - Christine's story: A 14-year-old Haitian student braves the aftermath of the earthquake. UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on the progress of a 14-year-old Haitian girl who is doing well in school despite the lingering effects of the January 2010 earthquake.

Shasha's Story

Shasha's story: UNICEF revisits a Haitian girl in a camp for the displaced. UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on a young Haitian girl's hope for continued education, a year after the earthquake destroyed her family's home.


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