This is a Strategic Academic Controversy (SAC) activity that requires students to compare and contrast the philosophies of two early civil rights activists: W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington. Included in this resource are several excerpts from both primary and secondary sources with vocabulary embedded in the handouts. This activity is divided between small group and whole group segments that requires students to debate over a controversial question about the activists before coming to a consensus.
The activity begins by dividing the class into small groups of 4. Each group is then divided in half with 2 members researching the DuBois documents and the other 2 members researching the Washington documents. After enough research time (I suggest 15 to 20 minutes) each partnership will "teach" the other members of their group about the civil rights activist they researched so that all 4 members with have knowledge of the two activists enough though they only directly researched one.
Next, the whole class reads together (silently or volunteers can read aloud) the included poem "Booker T. and W.E.B." with a class discussion to follow. During the discussion, students should be able to highlight the key differences in the philosophies of the two activists. The students will then return back to their small groups and debate over the included SAC question until all members come to an agreement and reach a consensus that they will record on the included handout.