This thought-provoking lesson plan on the role of Confederate Monuments in American society connects their history with the violence in Charlottesville in summer 2017.
Students move through stations to learn about Confederate monuments and gain perspective from both sides on their place in America. Students next either write an editorial or design their own monument for your community. Finally, students in groups analyze court documents from the 2017 Charlottesville rally to gain perspective on the balance between freedom of speech & assembly, hate speech, and violence.
The download includes:
• 5 stations about Confederate monuments including articles, quotes, and tweets
• A worksheet for students to use while analyzing the stations
• Links to online videos to use for the lesson
• Affidavits for students to analyze from Charlottesville civic leaders
• The actual court injunction that allowed the Charlottesville rally to take place
• A detailed lesson plan directions page provides instructions on how to present the entire lesson
This was a powerful lesson in my classroom and generated an honest discussion about who we honor versus how to remember our history.
Note that this is can also be downloaded as part of my Civil Liberties Unit Plan
for American Government.
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