Passion Projects: Becoming Fourth Grade Advocates and Allies
Help me give my students the opportunity to learn from activists of the past! We will be analyzing social justice advocates through nonfiction book clubs. Students will then begin advocacy projects of their own, as inspired by heroes.
My students come from a great diversity of backgrounds, speak a wide variety of home languages, and encompass many socio-economic statuses. As a teacher at a Title 1 school, I seek to cultivate equity and close the achievement gap amongst the diverse array of students in my class.
As a school, we work to ensure that our students embody peacefulness, respectfulness, intelligence, diversity, and enthusiasm.
My fourth graders are voracious readers who empathize with a variety of characters, budding social justice advocates eager to make the world a better place for all, and curious inquiry-based learners who push themselves toward innovation and creativity.
Through our Readers' Workshop, my fourth graders will be learning about change-makers who have made the world a better place for marginalized people everywhere.
Students will form expert groups to learn about the contributions of Martin Luther King, Harvey Milk, Malala Yousafzai, Helen Keller, Cesar Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Nelson Mandela, or Susan B Anthony.
After delving into the accomplishments of one hero, the group will then compare the achievements to that of another advocate.
Throughout the unit, students will analyze the goals and methodologies of the change-makers. This will culminate in a social change project, through which students will advocate for the issues about which they care most deeply.
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