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.
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!