artwork from The 1857 Project

Lesson Plan August 26, 2020

Extension Activities Inspired by Student Reporting from 'The 1857 Project'

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Lesson Summary: These activities model ways that students can apply writing, research, discussion, and visual arts skills to explorations of essays written by students for The 1857 Project.
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Resource Overview: Introducing The 1857 Project and essays developed for the project by students from Kirkwood and University City high schools in St. Louis

Extension Activities:

  1. Create a Photo Essay that Explores Contradictions in Your Own Community
  2. Conduct a Research Project that Explores Redlining in your Community
  3. Analyze and Write: Reflecting on the American Dream
  4. Visualizing Key Details from Personal Essays by Students on Racial Injustice
  5. Evaluate Author’s Purpose and Write: Exploring responses to “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones for The 1619 Project
  6. Write a persuasive letter to educational leaders that argues for changing the way American History is taught within schools

Educator Notes: Applicable Common Core Standards and historical thinking concepts

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