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Grade 3 - 1 - Why Washington, D.C.?

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

Grade 3 - 1 - Why Washington, D.C.?

This lesson focuses on different types of protests, rallies and marches and why Washington, D.C. is an important place for these types of demonstrations. Students track their thinking about these new terms on a vocabulary log. Students are asked to consider where all these protestors come from and to compare images from a modern day protest and one from 1968. 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:  

3.2.3: Identify the different ways people in a community can influence their local government (e.g., by voting, running for office, testifying at hearings, or participating in meetings).

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.