Part One: A Sweet Smell of Roses

A lesson begins with a read-aloud of the story, A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson. Scholars then take part in a discussion about the nonviolent methods featured in primary and secondary sources. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Gather additional books featuring other nonviolent demonstrations that learners can browse when time permits 
  • Create a flipped classroom assignment, direct pupils to preview the resources at home and take notes to prepare themselves for a discussion when they return to school
  • Begin the series of lessons at the start of Black History Month
Classroom Considerations

  • Ffirst of five lessons created to spotlight nonviolent action with the help of children's literature 
  • February is Black History Month
  • Some links take you to sites to purchase teaching material

  • Offers one extension activity 
  • The book details the lives of children, a relatable age group that the lesson is designed to target 

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