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Enrichment: Jazz Studies

Unit 4: Battles for Independence II

This unit for 7th grade Social Studies includes lessons on:

  • Apartheid and Jim Crow Laws
  • Think Tanks
  • Hinduism
  • South Asian Geography
  • The Caste System
  • Gandhi
Unit resources include seminars and quizzes.

This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.

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An outline of the unit: Battle for Independence II. Goals: EU #1: Non-violent protest does more than destroy enemies; it converts others to your cause. EU #2: True leaders get very different groups of people to work together and look beyond their differences. EU #3: True leaders are incredibly intelligent, but they also connect powerfully with "everyday people." Performance Task: Students will "design" a candidate for president of the United States. This "design" will include an illustration of the candidate's dress: how will the "look" of the candidate appeal to different groups of people in the country? The "design" will further include a resume for the politician: what schools has she/he attended? What jobs? What other elected positions? Students must take cues from Gandhi in this process: how, in other words, can a politician, through background, school, dress, and speech, unite a disparate public? This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students read and answer questions about Apartheid in South Africa. This is the first lesson in the unit and was taught as the first lesson back from Winter Break, so there's some administrative stuff, too. Objective: 1) I will be able to analyze the different parts of Apartheid (uh -- par -- tied) in South Africa and the risks people took to fight it. Essential Question: What would you be willing to suffer to fight for justice? This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 4.2 SOAPS 1

by Robert Lucas

This lesson introduces the first two parts of the SOAPS method of analyzing primary sources--Subject and Occasion. Objective: 2. I will be able to use the first part of the SOAPS method to analyze primary sources. Essential Question: How do we know whether what?s in history books is right or wrong? This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Introduction of a new project format called "think tanks," which are a little like a historical book club. Students think about how to apply Bloom's Taxonomy in analyzing historical documents. Then, one group models the Think Tank method and other groups evaluate. Objective: 2. I will be able to participate actively and intelligently in my first ever THINK TANK. Essential Question: What would you be willing to suffer to fight injustice? This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Continuation of the Think Tanks project. Students read about Mandela's fight against apartheid and try their first think tank discussion. Objective: 4. I will be able to describe the major events in Nelson Mandela's life that led to the end of Apartheid. Essential Question: "What would you be willing to suffer to fight for justice?" This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 4.5 Hinduism I

by Robert Lucas

Basic information about the central beliefs of Hinduism. Objective: 5. I will be able to analyze the different major beliefs of the Hindu religion. Essential Question: "What does it take for someone to earn your trust?" This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 4.6 Hinduism II

by Robert Lucas

Finishing up the lesson on Hinduism, and then review on Mandela. This includes a Do Now and Homework but seems to be missing the main part of the lesson. Perhaps the review is meant to take most of the period, or perhaps the original teacher had work to catch up on. If you teach it can figure it out, please let us know and help fill in the blanks. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Lesson 4.7 Quiz Day

by Robert Lucas

Quiz day. Covers Mandela, Apartheid, and the beliefs of Hinduism. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students label and color a map of South Asia. Objective: 6. I will be able to identify the countries and major landforms, bodies, of water, and cities on a map of South Asia.. Essential Question: "What does it take for someone to earn your trust who is from another part of the country?" This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students read about the caste system and analyze using their SOAPS and Think Tank protocols. Objective: 7. I will be able to analyze the connections between the caste system and the Hindu religion. Essential Question: "How much of your life depends on who your parents are?" This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students create journals as if they were members of a certain caste in historic India, then crumple and decorate them to make them look like a primary source. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students read about Gandhi, then create a 30 second silent skit about some aspect of his life. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Introduces a new classroom management system, called MIP: Making the Impossible Possible. Also introduces the two more letters in the SOAPS documentary analysis protocol: A=Audience and S=Speaker. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students begin watching the movie "Gandhi." The Do Now is background reading, and the file also includes a viewing guide where students answer a few comprehension questions, formulate a few of their own questions at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, and identify important lines in the movie. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students watch a second section of the movie "Gandhi." The Do Now is a review of yesterday's section, and the classwork is a sophisticated viewing guide similar to the one used on Day 1. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students finish watching the movie "Gandhi." Do Now is a review of earlier in the movie. Classwork is a viewing guide like from previous days. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Preparation for a Socratic seminar on Gandhi. Students practice evaluating attempts to paraphrase. Students act out sample Socratic seminar (script provided) and the other students evaluate each participant on a provided rubric. Objective: 1) I will be able to participate actively and intelligently in my first historical Socratic seminar. Essential Question: "What is it that makes someone powerful?" This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Extensive resources for a 2-circles Socratic seminar on Gandhi. Includes texts, sheets for students to set goals, follow along, evaluate each other, and reflect on their own performance. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Review for test on Gandhi and SOAPS. Includes review sheets, Jeopardy questions, and a crossword puzzle. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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Test (actually, called a quest) on the Gandhi unit. Also includes some other materials for the day. This resource is part of Unit 4: Battles for Independence II and the Social Studies 7 course.
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