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Grade 12 - 1 - Seize the moment: Home Rule Gains Support

teaches Common Core State Standards W.11-12.1.e http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/1/e

Grade 12 - 1 - Seize the moment: Home Rule Gains Support

This lesson focuses on a specific moment in time when D.C. Home Rule resurfaced as a means to channel Democratic support.  After analyzing primary sources, students will complete an Exit Ticket to identify why the creation of a non-voting Representative and subsequent election of Walter Fauntroy was a significant step in the journey towards D.C. self-governance. 

Students  . . .

  • review important milestones in the home rule cause.
  • reflect on the purpose of rallies and nonviolent protest.
  • learn about Walter Fauntroy's accomplishments.
  • evaluate the impact of D.C. gaining a non-voting representative in Congress.
  • read the article "Capital Takes King to Heart: 5,000 on March to White House" by Ruth Jenkins for homework. (optional)

Note: This module focuses on the civic work of Walter Fauntroy during the 1960s and 1970s as it pertains to the D.C. Home Rule movement.  Teachers should be aware that Fauntroy has had complicated legal problems in recent decades in case students pursue additional information on their own.

How to use this lesson:

There are two use cases for the Ready for More modules. 1) Delivered whole class by the teacher or 2) student-managed independently or in small groups. If students are working independently, ensure students orient themselves with the directions on the first card of the lesson.

DC Content Power Standards:  

  • 12.DC.16: Students identify key milestones and efforts that led to greater self-government and suffrage for Washington, D.C., residents.

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

  • D2.His.15.9-12. Distinguish between long-term causes and triggering events in developing a historical argument.
  • D2.His.16.9-12. Integrate evidence from multiple relevant historical sources and interpretations into a reasoned argument about the past.