Equity Challenge, Explained…

Thursday  12/7/2017

OPENING – 30 minutes

The moment you’ve all been waiting for. It’s time to fully explain the challenge and get you moving toward completion.


We’ve explored the concept of Equity for a few weeks now, and we know that equity is about fairness. And we’ve talked about equity in terms of ACCESS to opportunities and to resources. In an ideal (perfect) world, all people would have fair access to the opportunities and resources they need to thrive.

As we look around the country, and around the world, though, we can clearly see that not all people are equal. We don’t all have equitable access to free education, or clean water, or healthy food, or indoor plumbing, or clean environments…and so much more.

Your job in completing this challenge is to tell a story that shows an understanding of this reality by exploring, in depth, one of the families showcased on Gapminder’s Dollar Street website. When you’ve chosen the family you want to focus on, you’ll do some additional research on that family’s country (the CIA World Factbook would be a great resource, though you can, and probably should, use other resources as well) in order to get a better understanding of that country’s history, culture, customs, etc.

Your goal is to get an in depth understanding of how people in that country live, what they have access to, what struggles they face related to those access issues, and what joys they experience. And then you’re to tell a story about that family, or about one person in that family, in which you show evidence of your ability to see THEIR world through THEIR eyes.

Like the story you told earlier in the week, this story will be a work of fiction (not true), though it will be grounded in fact. Using the pictures on Dollar Street, and the additional research you do on your family’s country/culture, you’ll tell a story that *could* be true. And your story should help us see what life is like for that person or family, both in terms of access to opportunities and/or resources, and more generally.

NOTE: Just because some people have less access to certain opportunities and resources doesn’t mean they’re not as good as those who have plenty, or that they’re not happy. In other words, you should be careful not to assume that people who live a very different life than you are somehow always miserable or primitive.


  1. Your story should demonstrate creativity and effort.
  2. Your story can be either in the first or third person
    • 1st Person = “I remember the feel of the warm sun on my face…”
    • 3rd Person = “Kathryn walked slowly up the stairs, wondering what waited for her at the top.”
  3. Your story should include details that show that you have made real efforts to research and understand the country/culture that your family lives in. And the daily realities they face.
  4. Your story should be grounded in the family and country you have selected.
    • You should choose a family on the lower end of the income scale.
    • You should select a country that is not a “highly developed country.” (please do not choose a family from any of the below countries):
      • United Kingdom – United States – South Africa – China – South Korea – France – Netherlands – Sweden
  5. Your story should have at least 1 character, a very well described setting, and a plot with a beginning, middle and end.
  6. Your story should reflect refinement, and a clear attempt to produce high quality work.


All of this, as well as an example story, can be found on the document HERE. All of this information can also be found in the Campfire section of our Basecamp team.

LESSON – 30 minutes

Once we’re done with the above introductions and explanations for using the linked websites, etc, you’ll be free to work with your partner (of your own choosing) to begin exploring the Dollar Street site. After you feel like you’ve got a handle on the kind of information you can find there, you should agree on the family you’re going to write your story about and begin your research.

This work will take us through the last day of the semester, with some checkpoints next week to keep us on track.


As is typical for the Challenge class, there’s no homework if you use your class time wisely and remain productive. However, if that’s not what happens, then your homework is to finish your story. Or, even if you do use your time wisely, but you just want to make your story the best you can, please feel free to work on it at home.

Short Term Goals

In every unit, we focus on certain short term goals. Some are goals related to content, others relate to skills, but the idea is that throughout the unit, we have opportunities to practice and improve on them.

  1. Students will distinguish between equity and equality.
  2. Students will identify different types of equity (social, political, economic, education).
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of empathy.
  4. Students will understand the importance of storytelling.
  5. Students will develop competencies in the Investigate phase of CBL.

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This Week’s Agenda



Telling Stories.


Presenting Stories.

Answering Guiding Questions.


Written Reflection

Answering Guiding Questions.


Review answers to all GQs

Prep for completion of the challenge.

Quote of the Week

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Stephen King