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Grade 3 - 6 - Role of the Newspaper in the Poor People's Campaign

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

Grade 3 - 6 - Role of the Newspaper in the Poor People's Campaign

This lesson asks students to consider why newspapers were important during the 1968 Poor People's Campaign. Students discuss how people learn about what is going on across the country and in the world. After reviewing how today's information can be communicated to many people quickly through social media, the Internet, television and radio, students learn about the specific role newspapers played during the 1968 Poor People's Campaign. Students evaluate a newspaper headline and discern its importance. Students track their learning on a handout throughout the lesson and express their understanding with an exit ticket. This lesson references topics from the DCPS Social Studies Scope and Sequence 3rd-grade Unit 3 inquiry arc, "Who Changes D.C.?" 

Prepare in Advance:

  • Teacher will need a DCPL library card number to access newspapers. 

DC Content Power Standards:  

  • 3.4.2: Construct a chronological explanation of key people and events that were important in shaping the character of Washington, D.C., during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.                                           
  • 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.
  • D2.His.2: Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.