Objectives

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Students will discuss and debate the effects of gentrification in DC generally, and in the U Street area more specifically.

Standards

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12.DC.22.1Explain the tension between gentrification and the interests of long-term residents.

Resources

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"Facts and Fictions of DC's Gentrification", Atlantic Monthly blog post by Garance Franke-Ruta, August 10, 2012.  www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2012/08fancts-and-fictions-gentrification-dc/2914/.

DC 2000 Tract Profile -- Population -- NeighborhoodInfo DC. Census data over 30 years -- 1980-2010 -- showing population, breakdown by race, number of children, etc.  http://www.neighborhoodinfodc.org/censustract/nbr_prof_trct66.html

Two articles from the Washington Post on gentrification (in classroom, not accessible now).

Warm Up

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New Material

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This lesson is a debate-style inquiry, with a mix of student input and responses, and some open-ended questions to spur critical thinking by the teacher.  Gentrification is an issue students generally have some experience or opinions about.  It is on-going throughout the city, so it is a current, relevant issue, one that easily lends itself to an open forum class debate.  

The warm-up should prompt some discussion and respsonse by students.  If the conversation slows the class will read an article or two on this sometimes contentious issue.  The Atlatic Monthly blog, though long, is a generally pro-gentrification piece that argues land reform leads to economic development, which generally benefits all the stakeholders in the debate.  We will read the first three pages, either in class or for homework, to offer a different view on gentrification.  Census data also shows the changes by race in the U Street area over 30 years.    (The Washingtonian interview with Virginia Ali, read by students in conjunction with the 1968 riots, also has some pro-gentrification remarks.) 

Practice

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The New Material and Practice are intertwined.  The class will have a debate on gentrification, and various news articles will be introduced throughout the discussion to guide or prompt further review and debate. 

Assessment

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The summative assessment is to have students write a one page editorial defending or opposing gentrification in their neighborhood, including explaining why they feel or believe as they do.  The focus in this assessment is on student's own experiences, rather than just or largely on U Street.  The economic dynamics of gentrification has occurred in almost every corner of the city, so writing about that experience should not be to difficult or imaginary for students.  If a student has no personal experience then they can write about what Mary James should do -- the opener scenario.  This assessment will also serve as an opener for the following day.  

Closure and Reflection

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The issue of, and debate over, gentrification is one that we have tackled before in my DC History class.  It usually garners strong opinions and views.  The trick is to bring the students back to the facts at hand, and what gentrification means for both the city and for their neighborhoods.  I will remind students to write their editorials based on the facts and issues of the topic, rather than simply as one of rich vs poor, white vs black, etc.