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Grade 5 - 7 - What is Civil Disobedience?

teaches Common Core State Standards W.5.10 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/5/10
teaches Common Core State Standards L.5.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/5/5

Grade 5 - 7 - What is Civil Disobedience?

In this lesson, students are introduced to the concept of civil disobedience, specifically in connection with the Poor People's Campaign. Students discuss how people draw attention to something they want to change. Students learn the definition of civil disobedience. Students learn more about the concept of civil disobedience through the example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students analyze the use of civil disobedience by the Quakers and Reverend Ralph Abernathy during the Poor People's Campaign.  After understanding these three examples of civil disobedience, students consider why a leader would consider an arrest as a badge of honor. Students track their thinking and learning with an information log organizer. At the end of the lesson, students express their understanding with an exit ticket. 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:  

  • 5.14.1: Describe the proliferation of the Civil Rights movement of African Americans from the churches of the rural South to the urban North.
  • 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.