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Grade 5 - 9 - Quaker Protest at Capitol Steps

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.5.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/5/5
teaches Common Core State Standards W.5.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/5/1
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.5.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/5/2

Grade 5 - 9 - Quaker Protest at Capitol Steps

This lesson guides students through the use of a National Archives worksheet to examine a primary source document written by the Quaker Religious Society of Friends after a demonstration on the Capital steps in June 1968. The Quakers chose to support the efforts of the Poor People's Campaign by this nonviolent protest. Students do a close read of the actual document, analyzing its structure while answering prompts and tracking their thinking on the Archives worksheet. Students express their understanding of the primary source's importance on its role in Washington, D.C. history at the conclusion of the lesson. This lesson references topics from the DCPS Social Studies Scope and Sequence 5th-grade Unit 4 inquiry arc, “What is the best way to promote change?”

DC Content Power Standards:  

  • 5.14.3: Identify key leaders in the struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans through the decades (e.g., Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Jo Baker, César Chávez, Frederick Douglass, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Charles Houston, Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Carlos Montes, Baker Motley, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Reies López Tijerina).

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

  • D2.His.2: Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.