USING THE GUIDE
EDGE Teacher's Guide on the Web is an enhanced version of the print
guide. Each module consists of four parts: Lesson, Activity, Self-Test,
Each lesson addresses two or more curriculum points related to the subject.
For example, the Physics lesson covers
work, energy, momentum, and center of gravity.
The related Activity section offers at least two different activities
that allow students to put the lesson into practice. In the Biology
activity, students need to find the genetic pattern of inherited
The Self-Test allows students to review their newfound knowledge. Using
a short, multiple-choice format, students answer a question and get
immediate feedback. The Self-Test covers the material presented in both
the Lesson and Activity.
The Resource section provides web-based information. Organized into
People Resources and Information Resources, it allows students to pursue
further learning and significantly expands the breadth of information
The EDGE Web site includes a wealth of primary sources, biographies,
curriculum links and excerpts from people with disabilities. In addition
to the resources for both teachers and students, which are included
for each unit, you may find the Resources in each lesson module helpful
as well as the Other Helpful Resources section at the end of the Teacher's
The following themes are central to the EDGE website. Each module presents
different aspects of these themes within the context of the particular
curriculum focus. You may want to explore aspects of these questions
as you use the modules in the classroom.
- Everyone Belongs: How do our
concepts of society change if we presume that everyone belongs as
a valued member?
- Access: Why is equality of
access important for people with disabilities?
- Difference: How are people
different and the same as each other? How do stereotyped assumptions
about differences impact people? How can society value people and
- Leadership and Resistance:
How do people with disabilities resist negative connotations of
- Identity: How do people with
disabilities see themselves? How is this different than prevailing
cultural norms about people with disabilities?
- Citizenship: What groups
of people have full citizenship and who needs to fight for equal
a general activity before working with the EDGE modules, you may want
to survey students' knowledge of disability. Ask, What do you know
about people with disabilities? Who are famous people with disabilities?
What are the cultural values assigned to people with disabilities? Do
these change based on the disabled person's gender or race? As students
work with the EDGE modules, have them write down new information or
facts that support or contradict their answers. Afterward, discuss how
students' knowledge or understanding has changed.
students gain new perspectives from the EDGE site, you may want to explore
the issue of how and why disability has been interpreted -- and often
distorted -- over the years. Have students choose a topic from the site
and locate information about it from the following sources: a passage
in their textbook, a chapter or section in a book by an academic, a
selection from a Web site, and a primary source. Add information students
may know from novels, movies, television, etc.
and contrast the sources. How are they different? How are they the same?
Ask students to analyze how and why various sources present different
perspectives. Whose story gets told and why? How does understanding
our past influence our ideas and thoughts today?
If is likely that any given high school class will have students with
disabilities in it. You should try to ensure that specific students
with disabilities are not expected to teach the rest of the class or
expected to be open to personal questions about their lives and disabilities.
However, it is rare that a student with a disability sees himself or
herself in the work being studied so this is a wonderful opportunity
to help a student with a disability connect to a larger community. You
might also point out the access features of the course- text only, tags
on images and the way that glossaries are used to help with vocabulary.
Many of the issues around disability (and gender) are already a natural
part of the classroom and the EDGE website is an opportunity to integrate
- Part 5.1 - Physics Lesson