Quest for equality

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Oregon Department of Education Curriculum Standards: 

SS.HS.HS.06.05 -- Understand the causes of the Great Depression and the effect of the Great Depression on the American family.

SS.HS.CG.06.02 -- Understand the causes, course, and impact of the civil rights/equal rights movements.

SS.HS.CG.04.03 -- Understand how the rights of citizens have been augmented by case law decisions.




From the lesson plan introducing this WebQuest:


Hook / Intro

PowerPoint with provocative quote from Animal Farm on display as students enter:
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"

Students are directed to write a short paragraph about the quote from Animal Farm, focusing on the meaning of “equality.” 

Teacher is seeking to engage students in higher-order, abstract thinking about the meaning of the word “equality.”

Discussion of “equality” and “civil rights”

Teacher starts discussion of concepts of “equality” and “civil rights” by posing questions to students.  Possible questions for stimulating a discussion:
*  Would anyone like to share what they wrote?
*  What does it mean to be “more equal”?
*  What is equality?

Transition to discussion of “civil rights”:
*  How is equality represented in our society?
*  In the U.S., do we all have certain rights?
*  What are those rights?  How do we refer to those rights collectively?

Teacher is seeking student-led discussion that encourages comprehension and evaluation of abstract concepts.  Teacher is also using the discussion to informally assess students’ understanding of “equality” and “civil rights.”



Teacher transitions from general discussion of equality and civil rights to discussion of the political, economic and social status of women / African Americans / Latinos / Japanese Americans / Native Americans / LGBT individuals in the 1930s.  Possible questions for stimulating a discussion:
*  Were all people in the U.S. equal in the 1930s?
*  Are all people in the U.S. equal today?
*  Have some groups moved closer to the ideal of equality?

Teacher directs students to the WebQuest website.
*  Today we’re going to start a WebQuest to explore our nation’s changing ideas about equality and civil rights for women, African Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and the LGBT community.
*  Please go to the web address displayed on the PowerPoint...


Teacher is seeking higher-order thinking as students compare/contrast civil rights in the present day to the 1930s.  Teacher will use WebQuest assignments as part of students’ formal, summative assessment.





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