Lesson 4: Activism: More Than a Protest

This lesson is best suited to middle or high school students and will take about 50 minutes to teach. In this lesson students will contribute to a whole class discussion  to create a suitable definition for “activism” and define what activism is and is not. Using their concept of activism is, students will analyze selected visual sources of different examples of Native activism across North America. Learning how to analyze and critique visual sources will form a key part of this lesson. Students will also get a broad exposure to some important examples of Native activism and how activism can take on many forms. Finally, students will create an argument on the role and importance of Native activism using a variety of visual sources in a web-research activity. This lesson will broaden student’s understanding of what activism is and will challenge students to incorporate themes of activism into their everyday life.