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Grade 3 - 4 - Life in Resurrection City

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

Grade 3 - 4 - Life in Resurrection City

This lesson explains the creation of Resurrection City during the 1968 Poor People's Campaign.  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. had many challenges. Students examine photographs of the actual shelter city and the problems it encountered for the protestors in terms of housing and basic needs. Students record their thinking by tracking problems and solutions on a t-chart throughout the lesson. Students complete a postcard exit ticket to a friend as a resident of Resurrection City, describing a challenge. 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.
  • D2.Civ.6.3-5. Describe ways in which people benefit from and are challenged by working together, including through government, workplaces, voluntary organizations, and families.