Yesterday the kiddos were given the background knowledge to start trying to answer the question, "What really happened that day?". My kiddos finished their readings in social studies, but if your kids need some more time, definitely take today to finish those up before moving on. Even thought the text could be difficult for some, my kids really persevered in trying and then asked if I had anything else like a video that could help. That changed the tone from me making them do one more thing to them wanting to do one more thing.
I bought the pbs video and previewed it before showing. There are a few places where the narrator says a word or two about the men and their relationships that I thought my kids should skip, so I paused at those places. If you don't want to purchase the video and your internet allows it, Here is a shortened version of the DVD.
While watching, I want the kids to take notes to collect their evidence and to prepare them for a discussion at the end. I plan to pause the video along the way to discuss key points and ideas and allow the students a moment to jot down notes. They're too young to watch the whole thing and write along the way non-stop. I've been slowly leading them up to longer periods of time and have taught them ways to listen and write, but they also know they can always ask me to stop and give them a chance to catch up on ideas.
If your students need more evidence, here is a text that I found helpful. There are quite a few articles out there about this event and they definitely have strong opinions about what actually happened. Also, here are a few videos I found that kids enjoyed watching. My kiddos came in with most of these after I taught the previous lesson, so I previewed them and threw them in. This could also take you in to an additional day, but when seeing my kids so excited to collect evidence to form their own opinion, I certainly wasn't stopping them. This is what I've worked toward all year!
As we were working, we came upon a teachable moment.