Dive deeper into this extraordinary story of the suffrage movement’s final act: Alice Paul and the Silent Sentinels impatient bravery, sobering irony, and steadfast dedication to the American value of equality that brought women the right to vote for which they has so long fought.
Challenge your students to think beyond themselves in this Point-of-View focused thematic mini unit examining the two and a half year protest in order to culminate their learning with a PBL protest project of their own!
Interested in weaving more current America in with its history and authentic projects in with essays and tests? Use the simple question, “Is protest patriotic?” and this collection of activities and sources to try it out!
Learning “sticks” when it is highly connected within a larger story and there is immediate, personal connection. This mini unit does just that!
Social studies thinking skills strengthened:
- Annotate and analyze the primary source photographs and written words of modern and historical protesters
- Compare and assess differing points of view on just how patriotic these protests are
- Continually consider learning and own position along a continuum of nuance
- Research and evaluate news media sources for current protest movements, developing protest sign of one’s own
exercising one’s own voice to create positive change.
America was birthed out the ultimate protest- an outright rebellion- and we couldn’t be prouder. Many of our greatest national heroes were unceasing protesters. Yet, today, we seem to grumble at those in the streets for their disruption. Why is that so?
Introduce your students to core group of women who used their core values, their unwavering passion, and their clever strategies to make this nation more perfect through their first amendment rights and challenge your students to answer for themselves, “Is protest patriotic?”
Leave the boring chronological textbook behind and head straight to the compelling sources that make this question central to our pride and identity as Americans, and engage your students to create their own expression of political speech!
The beauty of a thematic unit is your freedom to mix-and-match, add-and-subtract: each activity is self-contained, allowing for complete customization to meet local standards, time restraints, and interests. This unit can be done well in anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks.
Included in this complete resource:
- Unit coversheet and detailed daily lesson plans from the unit hook to the final assessment
- Graphic organizer and concept definition sheet for students’ unit-long note taking
Sub-Topics (2-4 class periods each, depending on customization)
- Current Day Hook: examine and assess a collection of recent protest movements
- Thematic Connection: Quote Speed Dating activity to start thinking about protest, free speech, and patriotism
- Foundations Connection: First Amendment Rights analysis to understand the Founding Fathers’ and the Supreme Court’s positions on free speech
- Progressive Era: Silent Sentinels photo gallery and protest sign analysis
- PROtest CONtest Project,
supported by step-by-step planning sheet, tips and guidelines, rubrics, (CCSS-aligned and generic), researching a current issue and expressing support or opposition through their own poster
- 4 Skill Sheets: Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, Finding Appropriate Sources, Analyzing News Media Sources
- 35-slide EDITABLE Power Point of images, links to online resources, and student directions to support your daily lessons
- Teacher copies with additional notes
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