Gandhi

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This interesting lesson introduces students to Mahatma Gandhi, most often referred to simply by his last name, Gandhi. Nearly every country in the world has heard of Gandhi and it is important for students to learn about his influence on the world, as well as his struggles promoting peaceful resolutions. He has influenced many people including Martin Luther King.

Gandhi Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Gandhi
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This interesting lesson introduces students to Mahatma Gandhi, most often referred to simply by his last name, Gandhi. Nearly every country in the world has heard of Gandhi and it is important for students to learn about his influence on the world, as well as his struggles promoting peaceful resolutions. He has influenced many people including Martin Luther King. Many students may have heard of him, but most likely do not know his background. A full-length movie about Gandhi’s life is recommended for older students.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask: How far would you go to protest something you are not happy with, either at home, in school, or in society?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask: Who is Gandhi?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Gandhi to the class.
  5. Distribute Gandhi content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Explain further some of the terms students may not understand, such as passive resistance, civil disobedience, fasting, etc. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Place students in groups of 3 or 4. Encourage students to work cooperatively and to put sufficient thought into each question.
  7. Assign a secretary for the group.
  8. When completed, each group shares their responses with the class. Allow short debates among class members if necessary. Ask students to reasonably support their responses.
  9. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  10. Distribute the Homework page. Students will need Internet access at home, or allow their use at school to complete the homework page. Students share their responses and opinions.
    In closing, ask: What are the advantages of protesting peacefully versus not peacefully?

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies