Bring history to life for your students with my 19th Century Privilege Walk! Privilege walks are a great activity for students to recognize the differences and similarities among different groups of people. I've put an American history twist on this activity by focusing on the experiences and treatments of Irish immigrants, Chinese immigrants, German immigrants, American Indians, slaves, and free African-Americans. Students will be assigned to one of these groups and learn some important background information about what life was like for this group in the 19th century. Then, as you read out different privilege walk statements, they will have to move forward or backward depending on what group they are in. After participating in the privilege walk, students will complete a writing reflection to solidify their learning.
I've included everything you need to implement this valuable activity in your classroom: group information cards, 11 privilege walk statements, and a 5-question writing reflection sheet.
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