Students work in small groups to create a word web or other graphic organizer that explores one or more of these concepts: slavery, oppresion, prejudice, and freedom. They role play a variety of scenarios which deal with discrimination.
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Alabama's Secession in 1861: Embraced with Joy and Great Confidence. Why?
From December 20, 1860 to June 8, 1861, eleven states seceded from the Union. Alabama seceded on January 11, 1861. Why did so many white Alabamians want to secede? Why did they believe the South could win the war? These are the essential...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Individuals as Instruments of Change
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn Introductory Lessons
“What is the role or function of controversial art? And, should children, our children, be required—forced—to study certain works they may find painful or humiliating or offensive?” Robert Zalisk’s question, found in his article, “Uproar...
9th - 11th English Language Arts
Get Your Mojo Workin': Part 1 Writing Your Very Own Blues Tune!
Upper graders listen to the blues. They discuss blues scale, read a description of the blues, and work together to write an original piece. A lesson like this ties into American history and African-American musical contributions very...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
March 2, 1877: Hayes Declared Winner in Disputed Presidential Election
After reading an interesting article comparing the disputed presidential election of 1877 to a similar event in the year 2000, kids blog a response. They read the article, check out the embedded links, then respond to four related...
8th - 12th English Language Arts