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Welcome to the LearningWorks VoiceThread Project Home Page!!



This project is set up to allow you, as students, to explore a powerful Social Justice Movement in the United States.

Currently we are working on three different Movements:

1. The 1991 LA Riots

2. The Stonewall Riots

3. Hate Crimes


Following, you will find the steps for completing the project. Thank you for participating in this project!



1. In your classrooms, there should be several different stations set up for you to investigate. Here will be your first chance to get to know something about your Social Movement. There might be videos, pictures, articles, voice recordings - a variety of things! As you move from station to station, consider the following questions:

          - What are the facts about this Movement?

          - What do you think are the central issues in the Movement?

          - Who are the people directly involved in this Movement? Are there people not directly involved that are affected?

     There is a worksheet with additional questions that you should be answering as you move about the classroom. Have fun and see how much you can learn about the Movement - - you will soon be asked to teach us all you know!


2. Now it is time for us to figure out what this Social Movement is about - - at least what we know so far! As a group, let's start by listing facts on the board. Facts are the things that we KNOW FOR SURE, not what we think might have happened or how we think people are feeling. Facts are not reasons we think things happened. Facts are things related to the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE - and the WHY/HOW from an neutral perspective. We will learn more about neutral and bias/unbiased in a bit.  Now, LET'S LIST THOSE FACTS!


You will be creating an Information Page about your Social Movement on a Google doc. To complete this part of the activity, you will be filling in the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY/HOW sections as assigned by your teacher. Click on your social movement below:

LA Riots

Stonewall Riots

Hate Crimes


***IMPORTANT*** DON'T FORGET TO CLICK ON 'SAVE AND CLOSE' WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED (in top right hand corner of Google docs)***


3. Of course, as we all know, there are many sides to EVERY story. Remember the last time you got into an argument with a friend or a sibling? Chances are you both didn't see things the same way. When Social Movements happen, there are many different people involved who have many different PERSPECTIVES as to why things are happening - -they often even will disagree on exactly what happened. The responsibility of Historians, Ethnographers, Sociologists, etc., is to try to figure out what are the facts while also figuring out all of the different individual experiences by people and groups during a given event. Not an easy job!!


With the Social Movement you have, there are at LEAST three different perspectives. For this next exercise, there will be three different PERSPECTIVES, or "lenses", from which you will look at the Movement. Think of it as looking at a certain experience through another person's eyes - you want to try to hear, feel, say, experience what is happening in the way that person experienced it - - have you ever seen the movie "Being John Malcovich"? In this movie people went through a small tunnel and actually ended up in John Malcovich's body, living in his skin and experiencing his life for a short amount of time - - you want to try to live in these people's skin, per se, in order to feel what it is like to be them!


On the worksheet you have been provided, there is a picture with a couple of different people in the picture. Each one of these people is having a very different experience in th photo. If we were able to ask each of them to come visit to tell us about the picture, there is no doubt each of them would tell a different experience based on the "lens" they were viewing the experience from. Choose one of the individual's in the photo and put on their "lens" and try to tell the story of what s/he is experiencing. As you are answering the following questions, write as though you are speaking as the person in the photo - use the "I" point of view and be as descriptive as possible:

          - What is happening at this moment?

          - What happened before that led to this moment occurring?

          - What are you doing in the photo?

          - What are you not doing in the photo?

          - What are you feeling in this moment (be specific and descriptive - think about whether you are sweating, crying, breathing heavy, feeling relaxed, etc.)?

          - What are you thinking in this moment (again, be specific - what is going to happen, what do you want to happen, what would you change)?

          - What are you saying?


4. Now, you are going to form a group with other individuals who were looking at the moment through the "lens" of other people in the photo. Together, you need to come up with a description of EXACTLY what is happening in this photo - each of you must still speak through the "lens" which you were first looking at the photo. So, if you think that what you are doing in your "lens" is different than what someone else thinks you will need to work together to find a common ground. Think about this definition as the one Historians are trying to figure out in order to put in History books for when people read about this moment.

          Who's voice is most important in EXACTLY defining this moment?

          What are the challenges in trying to establish one definition for this moment?


5. Return to the Google doc to complete the WHO's perspective section. Make sure you edit ONLY your information. Do not delete information that other small groups are editing:

LA Riots

Stonewall Riots

Hate Crimes


6. Ok, now that we have developed an understanding of how different PERSPECTIVES, or "lenses", affect how we see different things, we are going to begin work on creating our own VoiceThread projects - these projects will allow you to actually ADD THE VOICES to pictures so the viewer will get a chance to actually hear, see, feel what is going on from everyone's perspective in the photo. 


Click HERE in order to get started on your VoiceThread project.


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