Evaluating Students' Right to Protest

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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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