In this lesson, students will identify political issues that are important to them, choose a song and then rewrite the words to support the issue and fit the musicâ€™s rhythm.
This toolkit accompanies the article “Set in Stone,” and provides classroom activity ideas to bring monuments to life and engage students in learning the full story behind a given monument. This toolkit is meant to help you bring local monuments to life by engaging your students in learning and teaching about the full story behind a given monument. This activity can be an in-class exercise or a field trip to a local monument, depending on time and resources available.
This is the article which goes with the lesson plan by the same name. It discusses the importance of historical monuments and the controversy which can surround them.
This lesson about the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission addresses the following essential questions: Can different perspectives of the same event be true simultaneously? Is the truth defined by facts alone? Does perception shape the truth? Can the truth ever be fully known?
In this activity, students will analyze a photograph as a political tool and investigate how photographs can represent people's social and political views.
This activity helps students increase respect for differences and gain a deeper understanding of universal similarities. Students will compare people to tootsie roll pops by examining their external and internal characteristics.
In this lesson, students will analyze the rhetorical strategies Malcolm X used in his speeches, such as tone, emotional appeal, and descriptive language. They will also consider the strategies used by African American leaders during the Civil Rights Movement and the social implications of these strategies, contrasting the leadership and ideology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in the Civil Rights Movement and evaluate their legacies. They will identify personal values and use them to determine appropriate behaviors for protecting their individual rights.
In this lesson from Teaching Tolerance, students will focus on the 1965 law that aimed to ensure that African Americans would no longer be denied their right to vote. Students will read a summary of the Voting Rights Act to find out what it said, then study data that show the lawâ€™s impact. They watch two NBC news reports about a 2009 Supreme Court challenge to the Voting Rights Act and the Courtâ€™s ruling on that challenge. The lesson has them consider the grounds on which people have based their objections to the Voting Rights Act. Also, students will study a graph and a map that show the potential effects of efforts to curtail voting rights. Finally, students explore efforts in their own states to limit voter participation and how to counter those efforts, or the success of efforts in their area to increase voter registration and participation.
In this lesson, students compare the federally defined poverty level with the cost of basic necessities in their own community. They research what percentage of people in their community and/or state live in poverty, and calculate what wage people would need to earn to meet his or her basic needs. Students go on to explore possible solutions to poverty.
In this lesson, students will recognize that curiosity, perseverance and the ability to solve problems are qualities they possess. Students will understand that the work of scientists involves posing a hypothesis and working toward supporting or invalidating it.
In this lesson from Teaching Tolerance, students will evaluate the importance of both the state and federal government in securing women's right to vote in the United States. Students will also explore why so many states denied women the right to vote while others made womenâ€™s suffrage legal, and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies women used in order to gain the vote.