Civil Disobedience: Is it ever ok to break the law?

As part of a study of civil disobedience, class members read excerpts from the writings of activists who were willing to break the law to protest unjust laws.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research or provide background information about the Catonsville Nine, including Daniel and Philip Berrigan and Thomas Lewis
  • Add a fifth column to the wall chart about possible consequences
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires individual copies of the four primary source materials
  • Ensure class members understand the difference between lawful protest and civil disobedience
  • Class members should be familiar with the acts of civil disobedience of Thoreau, Gandhi, King, and the Catonsville Nine

  • The writing activity requires learners to synthesize what they have learned through the activities and discussions

  • None
Common Core