Tuesday, May 5, 2015

All Kinds of Courage

Today, we took a "Gallery Walk" through the voting rights posters we crafted in class yesterday. To protest the literacy tests many states gave during the early and mid 20th century, we talked about how activists rose up to defend voting rights for ALL people.

And I loved hearing the connections you all made to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

After our Gallery Walk, we watched a short clip about the Freedom Riders, and how their impact arose from a bold, brave decision to show the kinds of discrimination and injustice experienced by so many people who didn't identify as "white."

Then, we read aloud, in pairs, an article about practices at the Denny's restaurant franchises throughout the 1970's, 80's, and 90's. You all offered insightful comments about the lawsuits and the documentation we explored.

Tonight, be sure to read through the end of Chapter 6 in our novel, and tomorrow's we'll look closely at Mama's talk with Cassie about injustice. 

Our word for the day today was TEMERITY, which means "reckless boldness," and our word for the day from yesterday was INERTIA, which means "the property of remaining exactly where one / an object is, unless acted upon by an external force."

our WODs from last week were SUFFRAGE (the right to vote) and REGISTRAR (one who keeps records, like a registrar of voters). 

Have a wonderful evening.

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