Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections
Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities:
70 Years of Dole Leadership
Lesson Plans

This page contains links to instructional materials developed by Kansas University Council for the Social Studies in partnership with the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. All materials are available free of charge for use in classrooms or other educational settings.

The ADA Goes Global: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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Title:The ADA Goes Global: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Description: During this two day lesson students use primary sources to analyze arguments that were presented in 2012 when the U.S. Senate considered the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In separate groups students first consider one argument in depth and then present each argument to their peers in a second group. The class then comes together to deliberate whether the U. S. should ratify the CRPD. This lesson helps students to understand the mechanisms for treaty ratification, as well as the consequences of ratifying the CRPD. Additionally, students practice valuable skills in document analysis and argumentation.
Grade level: 9-12 (Civics, Government)

Authors: Kelsey Consolver, Sean Duff, Ben Honeycutt, Joey Franzitta, Josh Lutz, and Julie Bergene, Public Education Coordinator – Dole Institute of Politics
Contributors: Joe O’Brien, University of Kansas and Tina Ellsworth, University of Kansas

Presented as part of the session: Commemorate Social Justice: Bipartisanship and the ADA! at National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Nov. 14, 2016. New Orleans, LA.


Download the lesson plan here: http://tinyurl.com/ADAgoesglobal
Note: This links to a Dropbox folder with a variety of resources available for download.

Senator Bob Dole and the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
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Title: Bipartisanship and the ADA: Past, Present, and Future
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the meaning of bipartisanship through practice and critical thinking. In practice, students have the opportunity to challenge real life situations and decisions through the application of the Accessibility for Disabilities Act on the local and federal level.
Grade level: Middle and High School

Authors: Chris Fellows, Joe Segraves, and Eric McGrane
Contributors: Audrey Coleman, Senior Archivist, Dole Institute of Politics; Joe O’Brien, University of Kansas; Tina Ellsworth, University of Kansas
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Zach White, Social Studies Teacher at Greensburg High School in Greensburg, Kansas; and Mark Schiltz, Bonner Springs High School, Bonner Springs, Kansas for their feedback on the materials.


Download the lesson plan here: http://bit.ly/1GZdOTI
Note: This links to a Dropbox folder with a variety of resources available for download.