Protest Movements

Protests are a key method of citizen expression and governmental change however they are not always allowed by governments and they are not always effective at enacting the change they desire. Your investigations will focus on the following guiding questions:

How do we fight for our rights? 

When is protest justified? How do we identify Injustice in the world?

How do concepts of equality change over time?

What rights are necessary for a maximally beneficial society?

To what extent can individuals enact social change?

You should all MAKE A COPY of the PROTEST THEME document linked HERE. And then activate prior knowledge via our PADLET LINKED HERE

Protest Resources (Will grow as we do!):

The Stamp Act Protest (1765)

The Stamp Act Protests (

Who were the ‘Sons of Liberty’? (

Guided Inquiry: Was the American Revolution Justified

Learning Helper: Understanding the Boston Massacre: Government Response to Protest

7 Events that Led to the American Revolution + Corresponding Learning Helper (chart to fill out) HERE

Why Protest Movements are ‘Civil’ Only in Retrospect (NYTIMES)

Understanding Protest Movements Assignment

Understanding Protest Movements Assignment RUBRIC

ASSIGNMENT: From Protest to Revolution: An analysis of factors contributing to revolutions

Intro to Independence:

US Declaration of Independence + accompanying learning helper, “Understanding D.O.I”

The United States Bill of Rights — How does the bill of rights protect protest?

First Amendment and Free Speech: Understanding the relationship between the courts, constitution and protest

Why Protests are Falling at Record Rates: What makes a protest effective? NYtimes piece