Students will explore the various ways they can ensure their voices are heard regarding issues they care about. To help students appreciate their own value, intelligence, and potential as political actors (Anyon, 2005, p. 179) students will role play different ways of taking political action and reflect on ways to more effectively lobby for change.
Student will learn about the numerous contributions of African American soldiers to the Civil War, understanding the important impact they made to the Union. Students will then focus on a particular place, battle, or event where African American soldiers participated in the war effort and will create a historic site to educate the public regarding the "United States Colored Troops," as well as to honor their contributions.
Students will examine changes in African American voting rights throughout North Carolina's history. This lesson begins by reviewing key vocabulary. Students then independently research the history of African American voting rights in North Carolina using a primary source web quest or jigsaw activity.
In this lesson, students will explore the complicated period of the conflict in Vietnam, focusing on the role of African Americans in the war as well as on the discrimination they simultaneously faced at home. Through class discussion, examination of an anti-war comic book, exploration of political cartoons, and review of a less famous speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., students will study the various African Americans who protested the Vietnam War as well as their reasons for doing so.
Students will learn about the roles of African Americans in Congress during Reconstruction. Through their participation in class discussion and the review of primary sources, students will explore the political climate and changes that took place during Reconstruction. Students will focus on the legislation that restricted and advanced the rights of African Americans throughout this period, examining how African American men were able to gain representation in Congress. Through creation of and participation in a group teaching activity, students will focus on the important roles these African American legislators filled. Access the PowerPoint to accompany this lesson here: https://database.civics.unc.edu/files/2012/10/AfAmUSCongressReconstructionPPT.pdf
Students will learn about Princeville, NC, the oldest town in the United States incorporated entirely by African Americans. Students will learn about the challenges that faced newly freed slaves.
Students will learn about North Carolina's little known eugenics program, as well as explore the constitutionality of state mandated sterilization by reviewing the NC Supreme Court case, In re Moore. Stidents will culminate this lesson by making recommendations on how the state should make amends for the program's past controversial actions, as well as examine actual consolation recoomendations recently made by the North Carolina's General Assembly.
Students will explore the Age of Enlightenment through a Power Point presentation and class discussion. Students will then further explore this period of history and its prominent figures by designing a dinner party for 12 Enlightenment thinkers. This project will encourage students to learn more about the period and the philosophers associated with it, as well as synthesize what they have learned while utilizing higher order thinking, group work skills, and creativity.
Students will explore the Age of Enlightenment. Students will then further explore this period of history and its prominent figures by designing a dinner party for 12 Enlightenment thinkers. This lesson will encourage students to learn more about the period and the philosophers associated with it, as well as synthesize what they have learned while utilizing higher order thinking, group work skills, and creativity.
Albion W. Tourg spent his lifetime (1838--1905) dedicated to fighting for equality and justice, during a period when rights for many were severely restricted or entirely denied. In this lesson, students will learn about the life and contributions of Albion Tourg through class discussion, reading, and group work.
Through decades of strife, and often at the risk of their lives, brave people joined forces as anti?slavery activists and fought for justice despite powerful opposition. In this lesson, students will explore the American abolitionist movement through reading, discussion, and analyzing various primary source documents.
In this lesson, students will learn about the origins of law, trace the development of law in America, and differentiate between the different types of laws. Students will also learn the different steps in civil and criminal judicial proceedings. To culminate their understanding of the judicial process, students will create posters noting the different steps a particular criminal or civil case would go through in the judicial system.
Students will learn about the events leading up to the Revolutionary War and develop an understanding of the causes of Patriot resentment of the British. Students will experience emotions similar to those felt by colonists by participating in an experiential activity. They will then represent various opinions of the time by creating a political cartoon focused on a particular event, tax, act, or law.
In this lesson, students will explore the movement of the colonies towards self-government by examining the choices made by the Second Continental Congress, noting how American delegates were influenced by philosophers such as John Locke. Students will participate in an activity in which they assume the role of a Congressional member in the year 1775 and devise a plan for America after the onset of war. This lesson can optionally end with a Socratic Seminar or translation activity on the Declaration of Independence.
In this lesson, students will learn about China's modern history through the fascinating story of Sidney Rittenberg, one of the most famous Americans expatriates. Before learning about Rittenberg's life, students will examine major events in China's history since 1949 through a timeline activity. Next, students will participate in a jigsaw activity that revolves around Sidney Rittenberg's life, from his time as a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, to his job with the US Army in China, to his time as a translator for Mao Zedong, to his two lengthy prison sentences, and more. This lesson culminates with an activity where students have to design a movie poster for a documentary about Sindey's life.
This lesson is designed to educate students on the actual platforms of the major political parties. Students will discuss how political beliefs are formed and how party affiliation affects political behavior. The lesson incorporates brief writing assignments, online party affiliation quizzes, and Internet research of the 2016 state and national party platforms.
Students will learn about the history behind Argentina's Dirty War through music, research, and discussion. Special attention is paid to the documentary film, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity, which deals with the victims of the Dirty War as well as citizens who heroically stood up to the junta.
Students will explore the Supreme Court case Board of Education v. Earls, in which high school sophomore Lindsay Earls challenged her school's drug testing policy. Students will watch a documentary on the case, apply the Fourth Amendment to the case, and further their understanding by participation in activities such as creating an anti-drug campaign and a moot court or mock trial.