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When the Rules Aren't Right: 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism by Leslie Tolf

Grade Level Grades 3-12
Resource Type Assessment, Handout, Lesson Plan, Presentation
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When the Rules Aren’t Right is a graphic novel on activism for all ages. It is the story of Emma, your basic fed-up teen, tired of parents who only talk about work and money, a self-obsessed older sister and a college-educated brother who’s moved back home and seems destined to stay there. Emma hates her chores and her know-nothing classes; she’s oblivious to the bigger world out there that could use her help.

This lesson plan uses the graphic novel, other support materials and activities to facilitate student learning in the following ways:

  • Introduce students to important events in women’s and labor rights history
  • Help students identify social justice causes that are relevant/important to them
  • Provide students an opportunity to think strategically about sharing social justice messages and use that knowledge to create their own protest sign

You can find out more about the book and the author at http://www.whentherulesarentright.com/about

This resource is great for your summer reading lists. Learn more about summer reading here.

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Tolf Lesson Plan Final ed.docx

Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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When the Rules Aren't Right 7 Time Travel Tales of Activism by Leslie Tolf (Full excerpt in color).pdf

Handout
February 13, 2020
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Excerpt on Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 1911.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Timeline.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Social Activism Preference Quiz.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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More Resources and Organizations.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Info on the Author and Illustrators.pdf

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Protest Signs updated 3.10.2017.pptx

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February 10, 2020
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Protest Signs Handout ed.docx

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Standards

Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Introduce a topic and organize ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Identify opportunities for and the role of the individual in social and political participation in the school, local, and/or state community.
Fulfill social and political responsibilities associated with citizenship in a democratic society and interdependent global community by developing awareness of and/or engaging in the political process.
understand basic computer architecture and describe the function of computer subsystems and peripheral devices.
assemble, operate, and explain the operation of simple open- and closed-loop electrical, electronic, mechanical, and pneumatic systems.
Women’s suffrage movement
The suffrage movement (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony); Seneca Falls
Women’s suffrage amendment
Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People): legal judicial leadership, Urban League
SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference): promote nonviolent resistance, sit-ins, boycotts
Kennedy Commission and the Civil Rights Act, 1963-1964

Reviews

5.0
2 Reviews
AFT has been an amazing partner on this lesson plan. Shout out to #KatieGould #JessicaSmith #ConnieCordovilla!
leslieatolf_1863197
March 12, 2017
Great lesson on Women's Labor Rights History!
Katie Gould
March 06, 2017