FSI 7th graders explore innovative civil activists

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Civil Rights Activists

Students in Carolyn Warhaftig’s 7th grade ELA classes were challenged this month to choose a civil rights activist for in-depth research.   FSI 7th graders were invited to choose a specific person or possibly a movement of people who they individually believe stood up for the rights of others.

Their assignment (in summary, from Carolyn’s Lesson Plan notes): 

Research the activist you’re most curious to learn more about and prepare background information on their lives, their pursuits, and their achievements.  From your research, you must create a brief biography, to be presented in approximately 5 minutes, and then you must be prepared to answer questions about your presentation/topic to an audience from another grade level at FSI.  

You must also create a visual representation of your civil rights activist/group, which will accompany your presentation.  Visually depict the life, times, and purpose of this individual or group of activists, and present a biographical synthesis of your learning to an authentic audience.


Important Dates:

Research Complete – Friday, January 8th

In-class Work Time (Presentation and Visual) – Monday, January 11th – Wednesday, January 13th

Final Prep / Practice (In Class) – Thursday, January 14th

Final Presentation – Friday, January 15th

Blogger NOTE: Photos for this quick blog post only represent the small number of presentations I was able to zoom around to attend. I’m hoping that more photos will be sent my way to add to this post, and I invite comments from 7th grade Social Activists and FSI audience members of other grade levels, to share what they’ve learned in the comments section!



One thought on “FSI 7th graders explore innovative civil activists

  1. “I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an indefatigable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial and above all, compassion”~Kurt Hahn


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