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Tenth graders study the poetry of the US Civil Rights movement and the Black Arts movement over a 12 day period. They author a website showing works of poetry that students have chosen to analyze and relate to these movements.
Tenth graders develop a website documenting poetry integral during the civil rights movement in the United States. Working in pairs, 10th graders research the people and poetry of that was prevalent during the civil rights movement. They analyze the poetry for content and theme. Taking their research, student pairs create a website featuring their information and analysis.
Students study how the teachings of Mahandas K. Gandi influenced the philosophy of nonviolence that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught. They examine images and decide how this philosophy is relevant to everyday life.
In this United States history and government standardized test practice worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 14 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of history and government in the United States.
Choosing an issue from a play or novel, researchers find two primary sources from different time periods to compare how people's views have changed. Many questions are listed to guide young writers. In the end, learners produce a PowerPoint showcasing their research.
Students view the "Smoking Gun" video as an illustration of someone claiming to be an expert who really is not one. They discuss the fact that some experts also come with biases and personal agendas. Students research experts from handouts using the Internet. They determine the bias their experts may have.
Twelfth graders complete research that exposes them to examples of nonviolent protest throughout the modern world. In this nonviolent protest research lesson, 12th graders discover information about signification nonviolent movements throughout the world. Students share their research through a digital story, formal presentation, or gallery walk.
Students explore the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Using the internet, they discover how the idea of Jim Crow kept African-Americans from gaining economic prosperity. They explain how an investment in human capital and a willingness to seek out new opportunities allowed for the African-American middle class to form.
Students discuss what satyagraha is understanding that it is the driving force which enables social reform. In this social science lesson, students try to internalize the principles of nonviolence on an individual level and then a global level.

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