Don’t Buy a Ford Ever Again, ca. 1960

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Learning how to craft an argument requires viewing an opposing position that one might find odious. An informational text reading assignment prompts high schoolers to read a primary source poster about boycotting Ford automobiles, and to read between the lines to discover what its author really intends to say.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage learners to research additional examples of pro-segregation propaganda in the 20th century
  • Show the poster to your class without noting the year, and see if they are surprised to find that it was created as recently as 1960
  • Connect to a unit on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's or when discussing political and social propaganda
Classroom Considerations

  • The wording for the second question inadvertently answers the first question
  • Raises discussion about racism and discrimination; be sure that a protocol for respectful conversation is in place in your classroom
  • Primary source uses derogatory wording from the time period
  • Lexile®: 1320
Pros

  • Includes a paired text and set of questions to extend instruction
  • Provides an answer key with suggested responses
  • Comprehension questions are in both multiple-choice and short answer formats
Cons

  • None