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Exploring Free Speech and Persuasion with Nothing But the Truth

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Exploring Free Speech and Persuasion with Nothing But the Truth

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jacqueline Podolski

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

I Have a Dream: Exploring Nonviolence in Young Adult Texts

Students will identify how Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of nonviolent conflict-resolution is reinterpreted in modern texts. Homework is differentiated to prompt discussion on how nonviolence is portrayed through characterization and conflict. Students will be formally assessed on a thesis essay that addresses the Six Kingian Principles of Nonviolence.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 23

Avi was born in 1937.

After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 27

Thomas Nast was born on this day in 1840.

Students explore free speech issues, search the newspaper or Internet to create a list of current events, and draw original political cartoons.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 15

Bill of Rights Day is observed.

Students identify a students' rights issue and explore the ways in which the Bill of Rights does protect and does not protect students.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 2

Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.

After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.

 

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