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Grade 12 - 6 - DC Appoints a City Council Chairman: John Hechinger

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

Grade 12 - 6 - DC Appoints a City Council Chairman: John Hechinger

This lesson focuses on continued analysis of audio recordings related to the D.C. Home Rule movement from the DCPL’s Milepost to Self-Government Oral History Project.  Students will evaluate an oral history from John Hechinger, an activist and philanthropist appointed by President Johnson to be the first chairman of the new mayor-council style of government.

Students . . .

  • review the distinction between an audio recording and an oral history.
  • analyze an excerpt of an oral history from John Hechinger. 
  • record their thoughts on the Oral History Analysis Tool.

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:

  • D1.4.9-12. Explain how supporting questions contribute to an inquiry and how, through engaging source work, new compelling and supporting questions emerge.