Come and explore the vibrant spirit of NYC’s past as everyday people have stood up against unfair working conditions, dangerous tenement housing, and the unequal treatment of African Americans and women. Learn about the strategies activists have used in fighting for equal rights and ultimately helping this city become more democratic and socially just, while also exploring the delicious cuisines of NYC’s neighborhoods.
Rensizzle Group: Stand Up For Your Rights: Activists in New York City
How can museums help us to understand New York City’s ACTIVIST history?
Aim: Sweatshops & Labor Rights in NYC
- Attendance & Icebreaker: Team Building Exercise
- Distribute Folders and paper
- Introduction to Museums: Gallery Walk
- Students respond to various questions written on large sheets of chart paper: CHART PAPER
- What museums have you visited? Describe your visit in a few words.
- What did you like about your museum visit?
- What did you dislike about your visit?
- Students read each other’s responses
3) Daily Journal #1 (7m)
On Fighting for your beliefs:
What issues are important to you? What do you care about? EXPLAIN
- Students respond to question prompt
- Pair/Share: Students share their responses/Active Listening
- Women’s rights
- Black lives matter/race/African American rights
- Gender equality
- LGBTQ rights/Marriage Equality
- Stereotyping/judging by appearance
4) Discussion: What is activism? Create WEB/Types of Activism
- Taking action on what you believe in
- People standing up for themselves/others and their rights
- protesting violent and non-violent
- making sure that what you believe in happens
- making sure our voices are heard
5) Definition: Activism: the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.
- He/She program – Equal pay for women – Emma Watson
- Bus Boycotts for racial equality
- Sadie Nash – leadership program for girls and womens rights
- Activism for immigrants
- Free the Nip
- #Bringcolorback – for activism for girls education
- social media
- educational programs
- letter writing
- putting your voice behind a politician/law makers
- hunger strikes
10:00AM: Leave for Trip
6) Trip to Tenement Museum (Leave 10:00 AM)
-Sweatshop Workers Tour (11:30 AM-1:00PM)
7) Food Tour on Neighborhood Diversity: Vanessa’s Dumplings (1:00-2:00)
TRCS Return Time: 2:00-3:00
6) Wrap-Up & Gallery Walk: What did you Learn From Today’s Exhibit? (10 min)
Aim: Activism in NYC History, A Historical Overview
- Journal #2: What is one thing that you learned yesterday
that you found interesting? EXPLAIN.
How did yesterday’s trip help you understand activism more?
- Article & Discussion: Triangle Shirt Factory-Read article
- What legal changes did activists help inspire after the Triangle Shirt Factory Fire?
- MANY changes: fire drills & unlocked outward-swinging doors, fire sprinklers, inspired a bill that limited hours to 54 hours without overtime; 8 new laws to the the labor code
4) Activist Exhibit: Trip to the City Museum of New York
In notebook- Write down 2 facts from EACH stationWhat is the relationship between Margaret Sanger and Wonder Woman?
- What is the importance of Wonder Woman in the Suffrage Movement?
Thursday: Math Museum
Aim: Technology and Activism
- Ice breaker
- Trip to Math Museum: “Code-Breaking”
- Research and Discuss: “Random Hacks of Kindness” (see below )
- Aim: Working on the project (Group) & Presentations
- Final edits to project
- Group Presentation