Juniors: Studying Social Reform and Civil Disobedience Through Current Events

Having just read the fictional account of Henry David Thoreau’s civil disobedience, students will consider the reform movements occurring today. Our goal will be to consider the Black Lives Matter movement by first conducting research into the conflicts between police officers and civilians that fueled protests. Students will aim to create an objective timeline of events for their assigned conflict and will later present their findings to the class. As a whole class, we will engage in discussion about similarities and differences in the conflicts before trying to identify a root cause and brainstorm possible solutions.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Ask your child about his or her research. What are their findings? Have they learned information that they previously didn’t know?
  • Encourage an open mind. Our goal is to form educated opinions that lead to real solutions.