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Grade 12 - 9 - Was the Poor People's March a Success or Failure?

teaches Common Core State Standards W.11-12.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/1
teaches Common Core State Standards RST.11-12.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RST/11-12/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RH.11-12.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/2

Grade 12 - 9 - Was the Poor People's March a Success or Failure?

The Poor People's March on Washington in the summer of 1968 was a major Civil Rights event in our nation's capital.  Over 3,000 people lived at a temporary city on the National Mall named Resurrection City for 42 days. The Poor People's March was conceived by Martin Luther King Jr. but he was assassinated on April 4, 1968 prior to the start.  The march had ambitious goals of convincing Congress to enact $12 billion of funding to help the poor in America and bringing the poor of this country to the conscience of the United States. In this lesson students will examine information and make a judgment on the success or failure of the march. Students will be recording their learning on a handout.

Grade 12 Government DC Scope and Sequence:

DC Content Power Standards

  • 12.6.4: Describe the means that citizens use to participate in the political process (e.g., voting, campaigning, lobbying, filing a legal challenge, demonstrating, petitioning, picketing, and running for political office).

DC Content Supporting Standards

  • 12.8.4: Understand the obligations of civic-mindedness, including voting, being informed on civic issues, volunteering and performing public service, and serving in the military or alternative service.

C3 Framework Indicators for Common Core Literacy in History/Social Studies:

  • D4.7: Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.