Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Disability Rights, and supports the standard of comparing and contrasting responses of individuals and groups, past and present, to violations of fundamental rights. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • What do you know about the civil rights movement?
  • How might this movement relate to people with disabilities?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read the description on the Disability Rights topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the two Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Disability Rights Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about disability rights while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a documentary about disability rights that answers this question: What was the significance of the 504 Sit-in?
  • Make-a-Map: Create a timeline identifying important events and resulting legislation from the disability rights movement.
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit featuring artifacts representing the contributions of different disability rights activists.

More to Explore 

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of other social movements with these topics: Paralympic Games, Civil Rights, Women’s Suffrage, and Harvey Milk.

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