Billy Mills (Unit #3) - How & Why Re-Name a Public School?

Grade Levels
6th - 12th
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Students explore a case study in civic action: analyze the grassroots initiative that changed the name of South Middle School to Billy Mills Middle School - commemorating this Native American hero. Through Powerpoint presentation & analysis of primary sources, students utilize variety of skills while tracing the Eight Steps to Social Change and key terms in the process of community organizing, analyzing ranges of choices the group and BOE faced, arguments & counter-arguments, and strategies for building public support.

This Unit Includes:

Background Questions - KEY

Slide presentation - Eight Steps to Social Change - with embedded engaging discussion Qs

Review Questions - KEY

Classification of Name Choices Activity - KEY

Identify Strategies - from primary source

My Public Name Idea

Classifying Name Choices Activity

Unit Vocabulary Quiz- KEY

10 Extended Learning Activities - contrast media reports, research Indian Naming traditions, research duties of civic leaders - BOE, Superintendent, Advisory Boards

Biography (optional background reference from Unit 1)

Supplemental Lessons Link

See Other Units!

Unit #1- Who is Billy Mills?

Unit #2- What Does the Billy Mills Mural Mean?

Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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