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Lesson Plan March 20, 2020

Examining the Legacy of Slavery in Mass Incarceration

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Lesson Summary: This lesson plan guides students in close reading and guided discussion of Bryan Stevenson's essay "Mass Incarceration," which traces the legacy of slavery in the contemporary criminal legal system. Links: "mass incarceration" by bryan stevenson Full lesson for students [.pdf] Full lesson for students [.docx]
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Warm-up: Considering the purposes of incarceration.

Introducing the Resource: Guided reading of “Mass Incarceration” by Bryan Stevenson in The 1619 Project.

Discussion: Identifying and reflecting on the central idea(s) of the essay.

Extension Activities:

1. Creating a timeline

2. Researching contemporary policies that contribute to mass incarceration and excessive punishment

3. Writing a letter to your representative about issues in the legal system

4. Learning about how COVID-19 is affecting incarcerated people and taking action

Further Exploration: Continuing your exploration of The 1619 Project

 

 

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