Curriculum Units Created with ECHO Minnesota

The Minnesota Literacy Council created these curricula in partnership with ECHO (Emergency, Community, Health, and Outreach). The goal of these curricula is for learners to become familiar with the resources and responsbiliites related to these important health and life skills topics. We invite you to adapt them for your own classrooms. 

Intermediate Fair Housing Unit

This is a 1-week unit (4 days, 8 hours) in which learners become familiar with key rights and responsibilities held by landlords and tenants in Minnesota. Note that this unit requires the use of a corresponding Fair Housing Booklet and a video. If you would like free copies of the corresponding DVD to play in your classroom or offer your students, please contact ECHO by emailing info@echominnesota.org.

Intermediate Accessing Health Care Unit

Students will become familiar with the importance of navigating the health care system as well as become aware of some health insurance options available in Minnesota. Note that this unit requires a corresponding video available on the ECHO website. If you would like free copies of the corresponding DVD to play in your classroom or offer your students, please contact ECHO by emailing  info@echominnesota.org.

Intermediate ESL Voter Unit

Note: This unit requires the text, "Citizenship Now!" All other materials are included in the unit. This unit also includes a Ballot and a Jeopardy Review game. If you would like free copies of the “Voting and the Democratic Process” DVD to play in your classroom or offer your students, please contact Joanna at ECHO by emailing  info@echominnesota.org 

Intermediate Domestic Violence Unit

Approximately 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year in Minnesota, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Women who are refugees and immigrants are vulnerable to becoming part of this statistic and at high risk of isolation from help. Language and cultural barriers, pre and post-migration trauma, separation from support networks, and limited knowledge of the U.S. legal system and available services prevent women from seeking safety. 

To help ELL students, ECHO teamed up with the Minnesota Literacy Council to create a special “Domestic Violence Unit.”  The goal of the curriculum is to create awareness and promote discussion around the sensitive issue of domestic abuse and dating violence.  At the end of the curriculum, students will be able to define various types of domestic abuse in the United States and have learned about multicultural resources for those in need of assistance. If you would like free copies of the corresponding DVD to play in your classroom or offer your students, please contact ECHO by emailing  info@echominnesota.org .

Intermediate ESL Community Resiliance Three-Day Lesson

This 3-day lesson is the first segment of a two-week Emergency Preparedness unit that can be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching learners at Intermediate ESL and above about community resiliance, including telling stories of resilience after a crisis; identifying sources of trustworthy information during a crisis; and filling out an Emergency Family Communications Plan. This lesson calls for a Community Resiliance Video; Email info@echominnesota.org for that video.

Intermediate ESL Seasonal Flu Prevention One-Day Lesson

This 1-day lesson is the second segment of an Emergency Preparedness unit that can be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching learners at Intermediate ESL and above about flu prevention, including defining key words related to flu prevention and identifying symptoms of seasonal flu Seasonal flu prevention. This lesson calls for a Preventing Seasonal Flu Video; you can simply access that one-minute video at ECHO Minnesota (scroll to the 2:29-minute "Preventing Seasonal Flu" video). 

Intermediate ESL Tornado Safety Two-Day Lesson

This 2-day lesson is the third segment of an Emergency Preparedness unit that can be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching learners at Intermediate ESL and above about tornado safety, including knowing when tornados are likely to occur; understanding the difference between a tornado watch and warning; and identifying where to go during a tornado warning in different types of buildings. This lesson calls for a Tornado Video; you can access that  video at ECHO Minnesota (scroll to the "Tornado Safety PSA in English" video). 

Intermediate ESL Extreme Cold Safety Two-Day Lesson

This 2-day lesson is the fourth segment of an Emergency Preparedness unit that can be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching learners at Intermediate ESL and above about extreme cold safety, including defining frostbite and describing how to treat it; listing items to keep in the car during winter; and identifying dangerous areas during extreme cold. This lesson calls for a Extreme Cold Safety Video; you can simply access that video at ECHO Minnesota (scroll to the "Winter Safety English" video). 

Intermediate ESL Understanding the Emergency Room Unit

This is a 1-week unit where students will become familiar with the Emergency Room, Urgent Care, and Primary clinic. They will be able to differentiate between “serious” and “not serious” conditions, describe symptoms to a doctor, and practice making appointments at a clinic. They will also learn how to find a Primary Doctor near them and about Medical Assistance. This lesson calls for the use of a video; you can access that at ECHO Minnesota (scroll to the "Understanding the Emergency Room - English" video). 

Intermediate ESL Honoring Values in End-of-Life Care

This is a 1-week unit (4 days, 12 hours) learners will understand the importance of having conversations about end of life care plans with their medical providers. Learners will have time to reflect on their values and beliefs surrounding what matters most regarding their health care wishes and learn about why it is important for medical providers to make cultural considerations. This unit calls for use of a video and article. The article can be found here. The video is hosted on the ECHO Minnesota website, and can be accessed here: http://www.echominnesota.org/library/honoring-values-end-life-care