This is a unit with two lessons on the "big idea" themes of Freedom, Justice, and Empathy. The unit includes "Big Ideas", "Essential Questions", and "Goals" for the unit and each lesson includes a list of discussion questions, objectives/ activities/ outcomes forms of assessment, and an excellent list of resources with links to texts, articles, videos, and more.
There are two lessons, one which is specific to the story of Dave, a 19th-century African American man who was a slave potter in South Carolina at Enfield Pottery, but was unique in that he learned to read and write in a time when that would not generally have been legal for slaves to do so, and he used his skills as a potter to share his prose on life, love, and hope in a fun an humorous way by scratching his poetry into his pots. The second lesson focuses on Ethics of Reciprocity, or The Golden Rule, as it appears across different cultures and faiths around the world and it asks students to consider issues on human rights and how art can affect social activism. Each one involves an art project and these can be done as groups or individually. With many cultural and cross-curricular connections, these lessons also provide excellent opportunities for student-led discussion and activities, which tie into Common Core standards, or "New State Standards". This is also idea for service-learning projects.