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Students analyze Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent social change. In this nonviolence and social change lesson, students research a leader from the attached list who practiced nonviolent social change. Students write their own poem related to that leader's method and read them aloud in class.
Students investigate nonviolent lifestyles by researching the life of Gandhi. In this journalism lesson, students define the word ahimsa and how important nonviolence is when solving conflicts. Students create a timeline of personal events which demonstrates their use of nonviolence which they translate into a story.
Young scholars interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Native American history instructional activity, students conduct research to determine how colonization and westward movement forced Native Americans off their homeland. Young scholars compare how Native Americans and indigenous people of other countries have been treated by newcomers.
Students explore how those children returning felt isolated and how shocked they were by the changes in Britain. They explain the impact that World War Two had upon the generation born during the war. Students explore how people felt about rebuilding their lives after World War Two. Three lesson plans included.
Music has the power to convey messages, concepts, and feelings. Sixth graders listen to and analyze the cultural and historical context of several spirituals and working songs sung in Africa and also during the slave period in American history. Lyrics and music instructional suggestions are included. A great lesson to integrate into any unit on slavery, the South, or American history.
Students investigate immigration and settlement pattern in America from 1789 to the mid-1800's. They participate in a timeline activity and study a piece of artwork to infer lifestyles of this time period. They complete Immigration graphs and write about characters they study in the artwork.
Fifth graders carefully analyze the artwork, Les Emigrants, and explore the reasons that people emigrated to the United States, and what life was like for new arrivals. They discuss what things immigrants were able to bring with them and what they had to leave behind. Students write a newspaper article on life as an immigrant during the time period portrayed.
Explore non-violent protest in this social values and world history lesson. After viewing the movie Gandhi, and discussing important events in Gandhi's life, young orators write a speech defending Gandhi's position on the value of passive resistance. Groups videotape their speeches and share the videos with the class.
Responding to blog posts can increase written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the use of social media as a means for discussion. Kids will compose a blog post in response to the provided article related to famous landmarks, particularly the Hollywood sign.