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How have laws and social norms worked together to exclude immigrant groups in the U.S. throughout history? This lesson helps students create a conceptual framework for SOCIAL EXCLUSION and LEGAL EXCLUSION in U.S. History
This middle school-friendly lesson guides students through the inquiry process to uncover the nature of legal & social exclusion. It is a great backdrop for any social justice social studies curriculum, requires critical thinking, and promotes high-quality academic discourse. Students will collaborate with partners to form their own definitions of "legal exclusion" & "social exclusion" by engaging in close reading and comparison of 6 high-interest example cases from history and today.
This lesson was created for a 7th grade U.S. History classroom to kick off a unit that focused on US immigration policy in the 1880s and today. However, it is appropriate for use in all levels of middle school and lower high school. The examples include both nation-wide (Plessy vs. Ferguson, Chinese Exclusion Act, etc.) and local (redlining housing policy in Seattle, anti-Japanese sentiment during WWII in Washington State) cases of active resistance.
Use this lesson after teaching the concepts of legal and social exclusion: Immigration, Exclusion, and Systemic Racism: A Concept Formation Introduction
Use this lesson for:
■ Building a social justice lens for analyzing history
■ The introduction to a unit on immigration, systemic racism, or Washington State History
■ Anti-bullying curricula
■ Courses looking to build leadership or activism
►►►This lesson includes everything you will need to teach students the basic concept of active resistance.◄◄◄
Included in this lesson:
☺ Powerpoint for whole-class presentation
☺ 1 graphic organizer + worksheet for student notes
☺ 6 "cases" of legal & social exclusion
☺ 1 Frayer Model vocabulary graphic organizer
☺ Teacher answer key
Concept formation is an inductive teaching strategy asks students to consider multiple examples of a concept, note similarities and differences, then come up with their own definition of the concept. It is an engaging and rigorous process that leads to far deeper conceptual understandings of social studies concepts than traditional lecture-based strategies.
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