Students are studying our political system by analyzing the U.S. Constitution, historical connections to amendments, and how they can become activists themselves through both grassroots movements as well as utilizing our legislative system. Combining these ideas and discussing systems of oppression that have/are leading to change in our society will give students the opportunity to see themselves as agents of change in our society.
Bryan Stevenson is an activist through his writing about the prison system; he looks at the humanity of a system that is often only about the numbers.
He also explores the historic connections to some of our most important amendments and the role they play in overcoming or reinforcing systems of oppression. Teaching our students to think critically and how they too can be the change they wish to see in the world is my ultimate goal with this unit. I want students to have their own copy of the book to annotate as they explore a complex topic. It's my goal to teach students to analyze topics from multiple perspectives and find their own voice in the process.
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