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By Jeanalyn Q. Benavente

Elementary School Educator, AsTumbo Elementary School, Guam

About This Lesson

The following lesson plan was developed as part of the Culturally Sustaining Education: The Micronesian Context professional development workshop held 24-26 July 2018. The workshop was held in Guam and made possible by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in partnership with Chaminade University of Honolulu’s Center for Teaching and Learning, the Department of CHamoru Affairs and the Senator Antonio Palomo Guam Museum and Educational Facility, the College of Micronesia, Alik Translation Services, and Guampedia. All lesson plans developed as part of this series were authored by a Guam-based educator with contributions from workshop facilitators.




Elementary, 4th Grade

Time required

45 – 60 minutes

Material required

Guam & Common Core State Standard

  • ELA-LITERACY.W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)s

  • I can write to inform/explain topics or ideas to others clearly.

Lesson Plan


  • In this lesson, students will be able to write to inform/explain topics or ideas to others clearly.


  1. Show the video Breadfruit & Open Spaces, to the students.
  2. Discuss: After playing the video have a class discussion about the video. Guiding questions:
    • What are some difficulties that the people in the video faced?
    • Why did the people in the video go to court?
    • What are some cultural similarities/differences do you have with the people in the video?
    • Ask students to use the Venn diagram to compare and contrast the people in the video’s lifestyle to their lifestyle.
    • What are some things that are similar to their lifestyle?
    • What are some things that are different?
    • How is their home similar/different?
  3. Assignment: Have students choose a topic below to inform/explain to someone else:
    • Life on the Subdivision (for this topic, students have to write about the daily life that the people in the video experience, what difficulties do they face, what are some positive/negative reasons of living in the subdivision).
    • Going to court (for this topic students have to write the reasons why the people in the video went to court and what was the outcome).


Have students share their responses with the class.


Discuss: If you lived on the subdivision, what are some things that you would do the same or what are some things that you would do differently?