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Lesson Plan May 29, 2020

Exploring 'The Idea of America' by Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Lesson Summary: This lesson plan guides close reading and analytical discussion of Nikole Hannah-Jones' essay, "The Idea of America," which provides the intellectual framework and introduction for The 1619 Project. Links: "the idea of america" by nikole hannah-jones Excerpt from "the idea of america" Full lesson for students [.pdf]
SECTIONS

Warm-up: Reevaluating the Declaration of Independence.

Introductory Reading and Discussion: Exploring an excerpt from Nikole Hannah-Jones' "The Idea of America" and discussing the themes of The 1619 Project.

In-depth Reading and Discussion: Reading Hannah-Jones' full essay (lesson includes graphic organizers) and discussing its content and structure.

Further Exploration: Continuing your exploration of The 1619 Project:

 

 

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