A minority couple laying on the beach together under an umbrella

Title

Beach Culture & Access

About

Throughout this 2-3-day lesson plan series, students will explore Southern California beach culture through analyzing key primary sources and engaging in a collaborative and illustrative community action plan. Students will address issues around equitable access to the beach culture that makes Southern California famous. They will frequently engage within the idea that the beach was a place not often frequented, or welcomed, by many different community members (primarily due to one’s race). Students must wrestle with the idea that inclusion today within certain communities of color stems from our uniquely disparaging history in Southern California. Once Students know this, or begin to be introduced to it, how will they shape action for the future to address these wrongs? The lesson series provides different options for the class, including a Day 3 gallery walk and/or Socratic discussion (seminar) about the creative community action plans developed. This is an engaging lesson series meant to challenge students in examining something that we all seem to enjoy, but also look at why some of us don’t get to enjoy it as much due to the way in which our past allowed us to embrace beach culture or not.

LESSON: HOW CAN WE MAKE THE BEACH CULTURE IN SOCAL EQUITABLE FOR ALL?

CONTENT STANDARDS

11.8.8: Discuss forms of popular culture, with emphasis on their origins and geographic diffusion (e.g., jazz and other forms of popular music, professional sports, architectural and artistic styles). 

CCSS STANDARDS

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.7: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on- one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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Resources

Lesson Plan (PDF)