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News, Perspective, Bias – Beginning

Through the lens of the Three Little Pigs and the Boston Massacre, students think critically about how perceptions of events are shaped by the storyteller, then consider the importance of taking multiple perspectives into account when reviewing stories and drawing conclusions about events.

News, Perspective, Bias – Intermediate

Through the lens of the Boston Massacre, students think critically about presenter bias and how it can influence public perception. Next, they compare and contrast headlines presented by different news outlets and reflect on the importance of recognizing bias and taking multiple perspectives into account when reviewing stories and drawing conclusions about events.

News, Perspective, Bias – Advanced

Through the lens of the Boston Massacre, students think critically about presenter bias and confirmation bias and understand how they can influence public perception. Next, students compare and contrast contemporary news stories presented by different outlets and reflect on the importance of recognizing bias and taking multiple perspectives into account when reviewing stories and drawing…

Dangerous Jane

Pair the picture book, Dangerous Jane, with primary sources to investigate the peace work of Jane Addams while building vocabulary and examining how perspectives change with time and circumstance. Lesson guide Primary source set

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909

Pair the picture book, Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, with primary sources to practice close reading, build vocabulary, and investigate labor activism and one group’s fight for shorter hours, increased wages, and more sanitary working conditions. Lesson guide Primary source set

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

Pair the picture book, A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights, with primary sources to investigate historical and contemporary depictions of women in the media, especially those in positions of power. Lesson guide Primary source set

Predicting & Inferring About Woman Suffrage

Link non-fiction literature with primary sources to build background knowledge of what it was like to be a suffragist and discover how women persistently fought for over 100 years until they were granted the right to vote. Access lesson

Around America to Win the Vote

Pair the picture book, Around America to Win the Vote, with primary sources to practice research skills, evaluate sources, and deepen understanding of voting rights, in general, and woman suffrage, in particular. Lesson guide Primary source set

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Pair the picture book, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, with primary sources to deepen understanding of Jim Crow laws and the struggle for civil rights, in general, and voting rights, in particular. Lesson guide Primary source set

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Pair the picture book, Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, with primary sources to practice close reading, build vocabulary, and investigate the civil rights movement in the context of the Greensboro sit-ins. Lesson guide Primary source set

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