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The emotional power of words is the focus of a mini-lesson plan that uses Robert F. Kennedy's, "A Eulogy to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." as a text. Class members point out words that appeal to the reader's emotions and how contrasting words are paired. Consider extending the lesson plan by asking learners to craft their own persuasive text that uses this kind of appeal.
“Humanscape No.65” by Melesia Casas and Ester Hernandez’s “Sun Maid Raisins” launch a study of how works of art can advocate for social change. After examining these two works and discussing the human rights issues raised, class members are encouraged to create their own advocacy graphic. Learning links, reflections, service opportunities, and worksheets are included in the richly detailed plan.
Progress your learners' comprehension of universal human rights by exploring the violation of human trafficking through the experiences of Juliana Dogbadzi. This activity analyzes and discusses very sensistive and graphic issues but is nonetheless enlightening in its knowledge. It includes essential skills, vocabulary, and materials needed, and encourages young people to take a stand and defend the human rights of everyone.
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members will fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, and George Wallace with small groups, share their findings using the jigsaw strategy, and wrap up with a poster project and individual writing. Materials, ideas for differentiation, and routines are included in this strong, collaborative, and focused Common Core designed lesson.
Over the course of two class periods, young historians explore human rights issues; specifically, forced labor in China. This resource provides everything you need, including relevant vocabulary, an anticipatory activity, and a small-group project. The entire class responds to preliminary questions to elicit prior knowledge and understanding of this issue, and then they watch a video clip of Harry Wu's "Speak Truth to Power" service announcement. Next, the class is divided into four groups and each assigned an aspect of Wu's experience to research. By the end of the second class period, each group must be prepared to share what they learned in a presentation (collage/poster, role-play, poem, PowerPoint, or song/rap). Not only is this a well-constructed plan, it addresses several Common Core standards and includes extension activities. Some elements are dated, but this does not impact its usefulness.
Foster discussion in your advanced high school history class with primary sources from the Vietnam War era. After a timeline activity involving manipulatives, pupils get down to business analyzing and categorizing the document set. All of this work is in preparation for a fish bowl discussion and timed essay.
Using the variety of videos, articles, and other materials provided here, class members explore the importance of monuments, historical narratives, and shared memory. After reading and participating in a Socratic seminar, pupils choose a monument to research, write a paper about, and re-represent either with description or an actual physical product. An involved project that requires critical and creative historical thinking.
Develop an understanding of universal human rights, particularly the freedom of expression, with the questions and activities that analyze the conflicts of Vaclav Havel. Learners define, interpret and rephrase the human rights article in their own words, analyze an interview with Vaclav Havel, and discuss the human rights violations that occurred to him. The class is given an opportunity to become a defender of human rights by conducting research, or joining organizations, the options are provided in the resource. Modifications can be made to use this resource at the local level.
Develop an understanding of how the media and society are connected and responsible for the defense of universal human rights. Learners investigate and examine the conflicts of police brutality as it is portrayed in the media and through the victim advocacy of Van Jones. Pupils discuss issues of police brutality, media impact, the rolls of oppression and repression, and see what it takes to be a human rights defender. This resource is far-reaching and covers local, national, and international issues of the human right violation. The educator can choose to focus on some or all of the issues without sacrificing content or understanding.
This is an excellent resource for introducing and exploring the topic of child soldiers. Ethics, history, or theology classes will benefit from the high-quality information. This includes detailed instructions for an introductory activity, discussion, written reflections, and extension activities. Don't miss this if you're covering this important subject.
Students review a political cartoon and discuss desegregation. In this cartoon analysis lesson plan, 11th graders discuss the impact of a political cartoon and its relation to a Supreme Court case. Students read additional information and answer questions related to Civil Rights. Students draw their own political cartoons.
Students identify the characteristics of a healthy river and choose a nearby stream to analyze. They test the water quality and observe the health of plants and animals living in the immediate habitat. Students write a lab report giving their findings and recommendations for continued health of the river.
Students test water for its quality and record their information.For this water quality lesson, students investigate water for pH, macro invertebrates and identify its characteristics. Students complete worksheets on their data for their healthy water portfolio. Students discuss their responsibility to keeping good water quality.
Students examine the presidencies and John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In this American history lesson, students specifically analyze the civil rights support of the 2 presidents and their support of civil rights legislation. Students use their research findings to create news commentary regarding the domestic policies of the 2 presidents.
High schoolers reflect on the events that lead up to the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s. For this history lesson plan, students explore the conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union revolving around missiles in Cuba, then answer reflection questions about the topic.
Eighth graders explore the Cold War Era. In this world history lesson, 8th graders discover the positions taken by countries during the Cold War as they listen to lectures regarding the major events and turning points in the Cold War. Students also read selected text and listen to music regarding the era.
Learners consider the historic implications of Barack Obama's election. In this election of 2008 lesson, students research Obama's accomplishments and determine how his election signifies the success of the American Civil Rights Movement. Learners also consider the role that race may have played in the election and write essays about their findings.