Students today are more passive, less willing to fight or stand up for their rights than the students of the early 60’s and 70’s. This unit, “A New Generation of Fighters” will emphasize the importance of inspiring students today to become more aware of the struggles of the people of the sixties and seventies. It will teach them that they have a responsibility to continue to fight against racism, violence and sexism with the same or greater vigor of their predecessors. The students will focus on means in which they will realize their worth and ability to stand up, be recognized and make a difference.
This curriculum unit “A New Generation of Fighters” will be taught to middle school students ages 12-14. These students, who are approaching and/or experiencing puberty, are bestowed a multitude of problems and changes; specifically their own identity and self worth. This project will help them to be able to recognize people of courage, both famous and not so famous, while realizing the courage within themselves.