Diversity: Languages Spoken in the United States

High schoolers begin a discussion on diversity and determine the percent of the population that speak another language at home in the US. Classmates make a prediction of the percentage of people that speak another language at home in their state and two other states. Scholars then look up the information and compare their estimates to census data.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on locations where non-English speakers may reside
  • Research how many different languages students in the school district speak
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should know how to calculate a percent
Pros

  • Includes suggested timing for the activity
  • Contains tables to help organize pupils' work
Cons

  • None
Common Core