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Grade 3 - 8 - Leaders in Washington, D.C.'s Home Rule History

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.3.1.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/3/1/d
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.3.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/3/1
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 RI.3.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/7
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/3

Grade 3 - 8 - Leaders in Washington, D.C.'s Home Rule History

In this lesson, students consider why Walter Fauntroy, Walter Washington, and Marion Barry were important leaders in Washington, D.C.’s fight for Home Rule and discuss why we need leaders to make change.

Students . . .

  • track their learning with a Leaders in Washington, D.C.'s Home Rule History organizer.
  • express their understanding with an exit ticket.

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).
  • 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.                                         
  • 3.4.5: Identify and research outstanding statements of moral and civic principles made in Washington, D.C., as well as the leaders who delivered them, that contributed to the struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans (e.g., Lincoln and his second inaugural address, Frederick Douglass and his speech against lynching at the Metropolitan AME Church, Martin Luther King Jr. and his speeches at the Lincoln Memorial in 1957 and 1963, and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales at the Poor People’s March).

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

  • D2.Civ.14: Illustrate historical and contemporary means of changing society.
  • D2.His.2: Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.
  • D2.His.3.3-5. Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.