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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

This lesson evaluating students' right to protest uses the events surrounding a hot topic to build important literacy, research, and civic skills and knowledge. 

Enduring Understandings:

  • Difficult decisions involve careful research and evaluation of pros and cons of the consequences of each possible decision point.
  • Civil discourse requires active listening, building on key points of others, and acknowledging weaknesses in our own arguments.
  • The right to protest offers people a collective power.

Essential Questions:

  • What are the pros and cons involved in deciding to march for political reasons?
  • Are there ways to convince or compromise with school officials on our positions?
  • Am I willing to endure the negative consequences that might come from my decision? 
  • What is the history of the right to protest?
  • What are my rights as a student? What are administrators legally able to do as consequences?

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Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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