Economic Causes of the March on Washington

Money can't buy happiness, but it can put food on the table and pay the bills. The first of a five-lesson unit teaches pupils about the unemployment rate in 1963 and its relationship with the March on Washington. They learn how to create scatter plots based on the data from primary sources and then explore the validity of such data. Full of guided practice, individuals will be able to answer the warm-up question by the end of the lesson: If you were to make a prediction, who do you think would have a better chance of getting jobs out of college—your grandparents or you?

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with a written primary source to allow for reading comprehension skills
  • Consider structuring this lesson as a SOLE and providing learners with the resources to promote inquiry. 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a calculator for each student

  • Mathematicians use primary sources for historically accurate data

  • The resource does not directly meet many of the Common Core ELA standards; material may lend itself better to a math class
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