How Do We Right the Wrongs of the Past?

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While righting historical wrongs may be difficult, the United States and other countries have tried to reconcile themselves with the past. A resource asks scholars to examine the United States' efforts to come to terms with issues such as Native American removal and slavery. After examining readings, discussing questions, writing reflections, and engaging in a jigsaw, pupils evaluate the effect these issues still have on today's American society. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the writing prompts to ask learners to reflect on whether the United States has done enough to achieve racial equality
  • Ask learners to compare how other countries tried to right historical wrongs with a jigsaw and class discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource is last in the six-part series Complex Questions Related to American Democracy
  • Resource includes extension activities for math, science, and additional history plans examining South Africa
  • Simulated dialog that opens the lesson frames work in a way that is relevant to learners
  • Worksheets and discussion questions are ready to use in class
  • Resource includes a teacher-led activity that is missing the instructions