Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Grassroots Activism

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Grassroots Movements in the U.S.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed how grassroots movements have been used to advance social change throughout the history of the United States.

Description

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed how grassroots movements have been used to advance social change throughout the history of the United States. He provided examples of grassroots activism and how these movements are more effective than activism that comes from centralized leadership.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What does Sen. Sanders mean by "real change does not come from the top on down?"
  • What examples does Mr. Sanders provide for this?
  • What is meant by grassroots activism?
  • How can grassroots activism promote change in society?

Additional Resources

  • Lesson Plan: Student Civic Engagement

    In this lesson, students will explore the current state of civic education in the U.S., hear viewpoints on engaging students in civic activities as well as experience the actions of their peers across the country as they seek to affect change.

  • Bell Ringer: The Origins of the Black Lives Matter Movement

    Activist and author Patrisse Khan-Cullors talked about the origins and ideas behind the Black Lives Matter movement. She also addressed what the phrase "All Lives Matter" means to her.

  • Lesson Plan: The Civil Rights Movement According to John Lewis

    In this lesson, students will compare a firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement with their preconceptions of it. Specifically, they will a) know pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement, b) understand the relationship of grassroots action with Congressional action, c) compare their preconceptions and textbook with a primary source, and d) use appropriate questioning strategies to understand a source.

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Gay Rights
    • Grassroots
    • Status Quo
    • Union
    • Voting Rights Act
    • Women

    Topics

    AP U.S. Government Key TermsCampaigns & ElectionsCivil Rights & Civil Liberties