Water is Life – Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline

In 2016, the Dakota Access Pipeline was scheduled for construction through an area that directly impacts indigenous people. The final lesson in the four-part series encourages scholars to research the Standing Rock debate from multiple sides. How do we as a society determine whose rights are more important?  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a timeline of the Dakota Access Pipeline/Standing Rock progress and set backs
  • Research if there is a land management issue close to your school
Classroom Considerations

  • Some content may be disturbing to teens
Pros

  • Encourages analysis of references to determine which contain facts and which are only opinion
  • Relates prior lessons to present-day events
  • Provides detailed instructions for managing a "fishbowl" discussion among learners
Cons

  • None