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High School Poverty Curriculum

The UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity is pleased to present the following curriculum on the study of poverty for high-school students. The curriculum was designed by Brian McDonald, a teacher at Jordan High School in nearby Durham, NC.

The curriculum is comprised of six units:

Each unit is designed to be easily included in a variety of classes - social studies, history, economics, political systems, or any other.

The more intrepid teachers out there can use the 6 units as a basis for an entire class on the study of poverty. Mr. McDonald has done just that. View Mr. McDonald's full course website, including additional materials, course outline, and syllabus.

For more information, please contact Joe Polich at or Brian McDonald at

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