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Grade 12 - 4 - DC Commissioners Set the Stage: John B. Duncan's evolving perception of the District

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

Grade 12 - 4 - DC Commissioners Set the Stage: John B. Duncan's evolving perception of the District

This lesson focuses on exploring two excerpts from Audio Recordings in the DCPL collection.  Students will analyze dichotomous views of Washington, D.C. from John Bonner Duncan, who was appointed to be the first African-American commissioner of the District of Columbia by President Kennedy.

Students . . .

  • review John B. Duncan's involvement in D.C. public service.
  • analyze an audio recording of John B. Duncan from the Milepost to Self-Government Oral History Project.
  • compare a second audio recording of John B. Duncan's perception of the District.
  • evaluate John B. Duncan's viewpoints using supporting evidence.

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.17: Students identify key people who were civic and political leaders in Washington, D.C. during the second half of the 20th century.

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

  • Construct explanations using sound reasoning, correct sequence (linear or non-linear), examples, and details with significant and pertinent information and data, while acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of the explanation given its purpose (e.g., cause and effect, chronological, procedural, technical).