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Grade 3 - 2 - Mules and the Poor People's Campaign

teaches Common Core State Standards W.3.10 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/3/10
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/7

Grade 3 - 2 - Mules and the Poor People's Campaign

This lesson focuses on the Poor People’s Campaign and the Mule Train. Students are told the story of the mule train through images: its inception and purpose, its journey to Washington, D.C. from Marks, MS, its problems and the symbolism of the mules. Students track their thinking throughout the lesson and complete an exit ticket on the symbolism of the mule. 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:

3.4.2: 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. 

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.