Unit 15: Launching Liberty - Democracy in Liberia

This Unit 15: Launching Liberty - Democracy in Liberia unit also includes:

While Liberia is named after "liberty," the nation has struggled with political turmoil. It was founded by free African Americans in the 1820s, but has been plagued by civil war and violence in recent decades. Various activities, including readings, building timelines, and analyzing poetry help learners unpack the complicated history of this African nation with close ties to America. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with other lessons in the series to create a unit on worldwide elections
  • Use primary source analysis and poetry activities to engage scholars on issues that hamper free elections
Classroom Considerations

  • 15th in a series of 19 resources in The President's Travels series
Pros

  • A variety of lessons and activities makes it easy to adapt material for different classes
  • Primary source and a poem analysis allow for interdisciplinary study and skill development
  • Background information is thorough and does not need additional teacher research
Cons

  • Not all Internet links are valid
  • Some activities require a visit to the presidential library and museum