This topically relevant lesson where students interact with primary sources was adapted from a New York Times Learning Network lesson comparing Frederick Douglass to Colin Kaepernick. Students read and interact with background information about the comparison, selected text from a Frederick Douglass speech, and an excerpt from a New York Times article written by David Brooks.
The interactive element trains students to stop and ask questions as they read by highlighting and italicizing important elements and inserting stop and think moments in the margins. There is space in each box for student responses.
Once students complete the interactive reading activity, the questions and students' answers can be used for small group discussion, whole class discussion, or even as the basis for an essay or project.
This is a great way to incorporate primary sources, make the past relevant by bringing in current events, and encourage thoughtful reading for comprehension.