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Great Society Lesson

Name: Ben Rubin and Nick Rossi Class/Subject: Ms. Early: Modern US History-2nd Period Date: 11/6/12 Student Objectives/Student Outcomes: Students should be able to describe the different facets of LBJs Great Society programs Students should be able to analyze sources and organize information effectively Students should be able to collaborate in a group and produce a presentation for the rest of the class Content Standards: 16.B.5b (US) Analyze how United States political history has been influenced by the nations economic, social and environmental history. 16.D.5 (US) Analyze the relationship between an issue in United States social history and the related aspects of political, economic and environmental history Materials/Resources/Technology: Computer, SmartBoard, printer/copier, Great Society organizer, internet access1 Articles: 1. "The Big Federal Move into Education" TIME Magazine, April 30th 1965, 2. "Help for the Cities" TIME, 3. "Beauty, Beauty Everywhere" TIME, 4. "Main Programs of the War on Poverty", 5. "What We Know about Poverty (only Lampman section)" Teachers Goals: To teach students the basic skill of document analysis effectively and how to organize and process the information given to them To effectively facilitate group work within a class with multiple groups working at the same time and also to facilitate engaging full class discussion To help relate material from the lesson to present day issues to make the content more relevant to the students

7-8 Minutes Start of Class: The instructor will take attendance as students enter the room and then

gather the attention of the class to start the lesson. The teacher will start with talking about election day, since that is when the lesson is being taught. The teacher will then introduce the purpose of the days lesson and transition into a political commercial for Lyndon Johnson ( The teacher will then facilitate discussion on students reactions to the video and try to see if they can draw parallels to present day election commercials, etc.

4-5 Minutes Introduction of Lesson: The teacher will have students number off from 1-6 and gather

in their groups. The teacher will then explain that the groups will be focusing on one of the three major tenets of LBJs Great Society plan. 1s and 2s are economic policy. 3s and 4s are education reform. 5s and 6s are urban renewal and land conservation. Each group will be given a document to read and then they will answer 6 questions based on their document. The groups with the same document/topic will come together, compare answers and then come up with a short way to present and analyze their findings. The groups will then give a brief presentation of roughly 3 minutes in front of the class.
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Lesson Instruction: The teacher will hand out the organizer to the different groups. The teacher will tell them to start reading their document. The teacher will stand at the front of the class, answer questions if students have questions, and see if there are any classroom management issues to attend to. After a few minutes, when everyone should have completed the reading, the teacher will walk around, see if students are confused over any of the questions asked of them, and try to engage students who may seem disinterested. Students should be finding answers in their group but if they need help, the instructor is there as an outlet to help them out. When they are done reading and answering their questions, the students are to let the instructor know and sit quietly until the other group working on the same topic finishes reading and filling out the organizer. Once both groups of the same topic are done, they are to congregate together and discuss the findings they will present to the class As the groups discuss, the instructor will make sure that they have the correct answers to the questions on the organizer and if they do not then the teacher will instruct them and give them rationale for why the answer that the instructor has, is the one that is correct. Once the group is finished discussing, they are to sit in their seats quietly until it is time to present. Once time is up, the instructor will tell the students to sit quietly while other groups present. The student will fill out the parts of the organizer that pertain to the other groups and this organizer will be collected at the end of class.

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Assessments/Checks for Understanding: The students present in the following order: 1. Economic Reform 2. Education Reform 3. Urban Renewal and Land Construction. The students will come up to the front of the class in their large group and present. The students are to be clear and make sure that the answers to the questions on the organizer are given in their presentations, along with any reactions, comments, concerns that they may have come across while doing the reading. Closure/Wrap-Up/Review: The students will go back to their original seats and the teacher will ask the students whether they think LBJs Great Society reforms and policies worked. The teacher will ask them if they still see these some of these issues today. The teacher will focus the discussion around this years election and guide the students in finding parallels between then and now. Self-Assessment: Teachers will reflect by asking: 1. How do we know that the students achieved our objectives for the lesson? 2. How did we promote social justice and encourage social activism in this lesson?

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3. What conditions contributed to the success or failure of this lesson? 4. What can be done in the future to account for diversity in the classroom as well as foster appreciation of diversity through content and activities?