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August 14, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: Discrimination – Lesson Plan

By Katie Gould, Teacher Resource Producer for NewsHour Extra


Civil Rights, History, and Social Issues

Estimated Time

One 45 minute class

Grade Level

This lesson is designed for high school, middle school, or elementary students with Intellectual Disabilities.  It is designed specifically for students who have difficulty with verbal and written expression.

Warm Up Activity

“The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss
  1. Ask the students what they think the word discrimination means, and write their answer up on the board.
  2. Read the Dr. Seuss story “The Sneetches” to your students.
  3. Ask students which character was discriminated against in the book, and most often in the real world. Write their answers on the board.
  4. Ask the students if they can think of a time that they were discriminated against or witnessed discrimination and ask them to share (if they are comfortable).

Main Activity

Fair or Unfair?

Put the definition of “discrimination” on the board (you can use the PowerPoint or the  worksheet or both)

Have students cut the sheet with “FAIR” and “UNFAIR” in half. Then glue each side to a popsicle stick so they have their own sign to show their answer in response to the pictures about discrimination, see below.

Use the PowerPoint (or paper copies) to:

  1. Describe and discuss what is going on in the picture.
  2. Ask students to decide whether it is “FAIR” or “UNFAIR” using their sign to show their answer.
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  • Common Core Standards

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    Relevant National Standards:
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

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