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Grade 5 - 10 - Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales and the Poor People's Campaign

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.5.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/5/7
teaches Common Core State Standards W.5.10 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/5/10

Grade 5 - 10 - Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales and the Poor People's Campaign

This lesson asks students to consider what made Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales an effective leader. Students discuss the characteristics of an effective leader. After learning about the Poor People's Campaign, students learn about the leaders of the protest. Students are provided with background information on Gonzales. After watching two short videos about Gonzales, students discuss what the videos reveal about Gonzales as an effective leader. Students track their thinking and learning with a handout.  At the end of the lesson, this handout is also used as a formative assessment. 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.