Who Changes the World?

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead's assertion guides class members as they investigate primary and secondary sources to find evidence to support or refute Mead's claim.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Pair writers with those with opposing views and have them share their essays
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed to be used as part of a unit on the US civil rights era, the performance task presumes class members are familiar with the features of argumentative writing
  • The seven-page packet includes links to the primary and secondary source materials, detailed directions for the performance task, and a rubric for the essay
  • The packet does not include a lesson plan