"We Have the Right to Sit Here!"

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"We Have the Right to Sit Here!" explores the use and effectiveness of nonviolent and nonverbal protest and examines the evolving interpretation of protected classes through analysis of a 1983 incident and subsequent court case involving Deborah Johnson and Zandra Rolón.


THEME: The Constitution and the Courts 




"We Have the Right to Sit Here!"Teacher's Guide includes background information, curriculum framework alignment,* essential questions, expected outcomes, answer keys, intersections with concurrent events, and connections to today's world. Four (4) lesson plans are framed within History UnErased's Inquiry Arc for contextualized pedagogy and anchored in primary source analysis. 



Resources and Materials in Student Handouts

Student handouts are offered in printer-friendly grayscale for classroom reproducibles.


Activating Prior Knowledge Visual Analysis: Nonviolent Protest through Physical Stance 

Kinesthetic Activity: Developing Understanding of Nonverbal Communication

Background Information for Students

Give Voice to History Project Podcasts (PART I: The Incident and PART II: The Court Case) and Transcripts

Deborah Johnson and Zandra Rolón's story is brought to life through archival oral history testimony from the Give Voice to History Project, unique podcasts produced in partnership with Making Gay History--The Podcast to anchor this thematic module. Both podcasts include an intro and outro by Eric Marcus, founder and host of Making Gay History.

Close Listening Guide

Scaffolded Language Practice (with answer key)

Comprehension Practice (with answer key)

Create a Tableau and Follow-Up Panel Discussion Assessment and Rubric


"Stand for Zandra Rolón and Deborah Johnson" complementing visual history instructional poster is available at the UnErased Store (posters are compatible with screen readers for the vision impaired)

*Aligned with Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework (2018), National Council for the Social Studies Standards, and UCLA History: National Center for History in the Schools Standards.

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