Students can use the SIRS online database to address essential questions/issues. Here’s a lesson where students can take a pro/con position and find supporting research on affirmative action, racial discrimination and civil liberties, and workplace discrimination. Online help show students how to defend their position on issues.
Assign students to research either a Pro or Con position on one of the issues listed below. Students should cite at least three resources in addressing the Pro or Con essential questions for the selected issue.
Each of these issues is one of many that continue to impact African Americans to a greater degree than other Americans. The pathfinders below are accessed by selecting the VISUAL BROWSE link.
Click Civil Right and Liberties icon > Civil Rights > Affirmative Action
Click Civil Right and Liberties icon > Civil Rights > Racial Discrimination
Click Civil Right and Liberties icon > Civil Rights > Workplace Discrimination
SIRS provides unique models for students to use to demonstrate what they have learned and how to defend their position on issues. To locate them, open each issue, click the My Analysis icon in the Research Tools section, then note the links to report/presentation models under Additional Resources.
Access the full SIRS activity here.