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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 have 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!
By the end of this unit, your students will be able to
- 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
Greatness is 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 the 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 2 to 3 weeks.
Included in this complete resource:
- Unit Overview & 5 pages of Daily Lesson Plans from the unit hook to the project assessment
- Teacher copies & Rubrics, both CCSS-aligned and generic
- 36-slide editable PowerPoint slideshow with images, links, and student directions
Student Materials & Activities
- Concept Definition for students’ unit-long note taking
- Current Day examination and assess a collection of recent protest movements
- Quote Speed Dating activity to start thinking about protest, free speech, and patriotism
- First Amendment Rights analysis of the Founding Fathers’ and the Supreme Court’s positions on free speech
- 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 Handouts: Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, Finding Appropriate Sources, Analyzing News Media Sources
Want the whole unit?
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1900s American Immigration: explore the American story of diversity and hard work through the words and statistics of immigrants, Ellis Island to Angel Island, to create and preserve an oral history of their own
1900s American Heroes: explore what it means to be a hero from Madam CJ Walker to John Glenn in order to nominate one’s own hero for recognition
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