Sacco and Vanzetti
This lesson looks at several key issues surrounding the trail of Sacco and Vanzetti and includes a wide range of contemporary and modern sources to help the learner make up their own min. The aims, objectives and differentiated outcomes are:

Theme: The Dark side of the Boom
Know: Who were Sacco and Vanzetti and what were they accused of?
Understand: How fair was their trail?
Understand: Why were some Americans afraid of the new immigrants?
Evaluate: How tolerant was the USA in the 1920s?
Skills: Cause, Consequence, Source Evaluation & judgement

What Am I Looking For this lesson?
Identify / Describe – Who were Sacco & Vanzetti?
Explain – How fair was their trial and investigation ?
Analyse – begin to form a judgement on how tolerant was US society in the 1920s?

There are 6 activities built into the lesson including a snowballing starter, an Oxford and Cambridge source question with a pupil mark scheme, a persuasive speech literacy activity for their defence or prosecution, a Venn dig ram source analysis on contemporary reactions, an evidence review sheet on their innocence or guilt and finally an Oxford and Cambridge 6 mark question with a mark scheme on 'why were Sacco and Vanzetti executed?'

I have been observed several times with this resource and have had this lesson graded as outstanding. I have also included a persuasive literacy mat to help students phrase their speeches.

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Created: Aug 27, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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