Lesson Plan

Civil Rights and Civil Disobedience

What is the difference between lawful protest and civil disobedience? Why is the difference important? A 16-slide presentation clearly defines the differences and presents strategies for nonviolent resistance.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • After the pair-share activity, generate a class list of current issues Thoreau may have protested
  • Have writers consider the consequences they might face as a result of their actions in their reflection on civil disobedience
Classroom Considerations
  • Presentation works best in the context of a study of Thoreau's essay or as part of a unit on civil rights
  • Includes key arguments for civil disobedience and the goals of such acts
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