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Freedom of Assembly Lesson Plan

Instructor: Della McGuire

Della has been teaching secondary and adult education for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Sociology, MEd in Reading, and is ABD on the MComm in Storytelling.

This lesson plan is based on a text lesson and follows current events and stories about the freedom of assembly. It is appropriate for 11th and 12th-grade civics classes.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Describe contemporary examples of the freedom of assembly in action by following news stories and compiling a list of causes or positions motivating the assembly and sharing their findings
  • Demonstrate civil discussions with classmates about controversial topics during a performance assessment with current events show and tell.

Length

1 hour - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Key Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Women's March
  • March for Science
  • National Pride March
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Travel Ban Protests
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Water Protectors
  • Fight for $15
  • Immigrants' March
  • Town Hall Rallies for ACA

Materials Needed

  • Internet access (if there are not enough computers to go around in the classroom, use the library or computer lab or you can send the article/website search home as homework)

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