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Grade 3 - 3 - What was Resurrection City?

teaches Common Core State Standards W.3.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/3/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/7
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/1

Grade 3 - 3 - What was Resurrection City?

This lesson focuses on Resurrection City, a temporary city of six weeks built by the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Students examine photographs of the actual shelter city and how it was built by tracking their thinking on a Who, What, Where, Why, When graphic organizer. Students complete an exit ticket on which they explain the significance of Resurrection City to the Poor People's Campaign. This lesson references topics from the DCPS Social Studies Scope and Sequence 3rd-grade Unit 3 inquiry arc, "Who Changes D.C.?" 

DC Content Power Standards:

3.4.5: Identify and research outstanding statements of moral and civic principles made in Washington, D.C., as well as the leaders who delivered them, that contributed to the struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans (e.g., Lincoln and his second inaugural address, Frederick Douglass and his speech against lynching at the Metropolitan AME Church, Martin Luther King Jr. and his speeches at the Lincoln Memorial in 1957 and 1963, and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales at the Poor People’s March).

C3 Framework Indicators and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies:

  • D2.Civ.14: Illustrate historical and contemporary means of changing society.
  • Grade 3, Unit 3 : Who changes D.C.? Students discover how the creation of Washington D.C. sets it apart from other cities and how its seat as “The Nation’s Capital” makes it an important place for the discussion of our country’s civic and moral values.