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DePriest Tea Incident

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Required Time Frame
One hour
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Lesson Abstract
Individual research to find contrasting evidence for change based on the 1929 DePriest Tea Incident.

Individual research to find contrasting evidence for change based on the 1929 DePriest Tea Incident

Rationale (why are you doing this?)
  • To practice analyzing Primary Sources
  • To practice looking for change(s) in American History themes
Lesson Objectives - the student will
  • Complete the attached short answer activity from White House .org
  • Using the Hoover Library archives, find two contrasting documents related to the DePriest Tea Incident
  • Give TWO separate answers regarding how the incident represents continuity and/or change in American history in TWO of the of the following areas: Race ; Politics ; Gender Roles
District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met
  • Missouri SS 3, 1.6 & 1.9 – Analyze political developments in US; evolution of American democratic institutions including Civil Rights
  • Missouri SS1.10 – Analyze the roles & influence of political parties and interest groups.
  • Missouri SS 3, 1.6 & 1.10 – Describe the changing character of American society and culture
  • AP – Analyze and evaluate historical patterns of continuity and change over time.
  • AP – Connect patterns of continuity and change over time to larger historical processes or themes. 
Primary sources needed (document, photograph, artifact, diary or letter, audio or visual recording, etc.) needed
Fully describe the activity or assignment in detail. What will both the teacher and the students do?
  • Students have individual computers to conduct research, log on to White House history website to read the summary of the DePriest Tea Incident.  (estimated time 10 minutes)
  • Students research for documents supporting contrasting views of the Incident.  (estimated time 30 minutes)
  • Students write two separate answers to the questions about how the Incident represents either change or continuity in American History. 
Assessment: fully explain the assessment method in detail or create and attach a scoring guide
  • 0-2 points for directly stating what characteristic or feature of race, politics, or gender roles is staying the same (continuity) and/or what feature is showing differences (changing).
  • 0-2 points for directly stating how the chosen document leads to that continuity and/or change.