Garfield Assassination: PBL women’s suffrage and civil rights project and mystery activity. Who wanted the president dead? The pro-slavery southerners? Women's rights activists? His own wife or vice president? Become a historical figure to delve into the time period.
Includes unit plan, lessons, assignments, printables, Power Point and a mystery activity lasting for 4 -7 or more days (depending on class time)
Student pairs research politics and culture (primarily Women’s suffrage, African American Civil Rights and medicine) in the context of Garfield’s assassination.
Students become a character in the events of 1880-1881 in order to determine if Garfield’s assassin worked alone of had co-conspirators. In the process, they learn about civil rights issues of the day.
Mystery activity can be used as a stand-alone activity or mystery party game. Its materials include character dossiers for 10 guests, a director’s pack with complete instructions, and the clues. Characters included: Garfield, U. S. Grant, Charles Arthur, Sojourner Truth, Susan Anthony, Alexander Bell and 14 others. Extra characters can be added as needed.
Project based learning combines authentic research with collaboration, reflection, and individual decision-making. Students gain by both the process and product which are linked to real-world situations that they will face in the work force or their lives. Students can voice their personal interests, concerns, or issues while using and expanding their creativity. This project will allow for differentiation of product and pacing, as well as tiering if desired.
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