Translate page with Google

Lesson Plan June 28, 2021

Slavery, Mass Incarceration, and America’s Founding Ideas and Documents

Author:
SECTIONS

Warm-up: What do you notice about this photograph taken inside a jail?

Introducing the Resources:

Essential Questions:

  • What is mass incarceration? 
  • Are Black and Brown men incarcerated at a much higher level than any other demographic in America?
  • How is mass incarceration in modern America similar to slavery in colonial America?
  • How does mass incarceration, much like slavery, significantly conflict with America’s foundational ideas and documents?

Discussion: 

  • What details, information and statistics in the articles can you confirm as evidence to answer the  essential questions above? 
  • What information in this text is new to you or challenges the story of American history that you have  already learned in school? 
  • What questions do you have about what you have read?

Conclusion:

  • Writing Assessment: How does mass incarceration, much like slavery, significantly conflict with America’s foundational ideas  and documents, especially the line above from the Declaration of Independence?

Please help us understand your needs better by filling out this brief survey!

Will you use this lesson plan in a class you teach?