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Teacher Resources by Grade
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|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Exploring Free Speech and Persuasion with Nothing But the Truth
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 50-minute sessions|
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
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.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  September 27
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
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
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.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 23
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.