Movements for Equality

Lesson 15


Alternate Unit 5

1st Grade

Lesson 15 of 28


Determine why Harvey Milk was an influential part of the LGBTQ right’s movement.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Steven Salerno 

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

Why was Harvey Milk an influential part of the LGBTQ right’s movement?

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Key Questions

  • What was Harvey’s dream? What did he do to spread his dream?

  • What was Harvey’s idea? Why is his idea important?

  • What symbol did Harvey, Gilbert, and the other activists create? Why?

  • How was the flag used? How did it make people feel?

  • What happened to Harvey? How did people respond?

  • What happened to the flag after Harvey died? What did it symbolize?

  • What do the people demand? How do they use the flag to show their demands?

  • Where has the Rainbow Flag flown? Why is this important?




 to ask for something with authority; to require or insist that something happens

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.1.3 — Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • RI.1.8 — Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
  • RI.1.9 — Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

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