The virtual Flint Sit-Down Strike learning experience

It’s December 30, 1936, in Flint, Michigan. You take your usual spot in the General Motors Plant Number One, except this time you sit down on the grimy, cold concrete along with hundreds of other workers. You’re officially a part of what some historians refer to as “the strike heard ‘round the world.”

1935: United Auto Workers formed and United Rubber Workers Union formed.

Take your students on a trip back in history

Michigan Virtual has partnered with the Michigan History Center to launch the virtual Flint Sit-Down Strike learning experience. Take your students (grades 7-12) on an immersive trip back to the United States’ first major auto industry labor dispute. Using a Problem-Based Learning model, students will analyze primary source documents while learning about a significant moment in Michigan history.

This learning experience includes...

Module 1: Child Labor

Students learn about labor laws and teenage employment in the 18th and 19th century. They interact with three historical child personas to understand what life looked like for someone their age.

Module 2: The Governors

Students get a glimpse into governors’ reactions to labor issues in Michigan and get an introduction to organized labor strikes.

Module 3: The Great Depression

Students see the impact of the Great Depression on manufacturing work in Michigan and the resulting federal and state responses to the relationship between employee and employer.

Module 4: Sit-Down Strike

Students are situated in the center of the Flint Sit-Down Strike.

Tenjeta Calone, 10, picking berries during school day.

How to implement

Educators can implement this learning experience through their LMS or Google Classroom. It’s structured in such a way that teachers can use the content in blended learning. At the end of each module, students are provided with discussion questions.

The Flint Sit-Down Strike learning experience was made possible through the Archives of Michigan and is the culmination of several years of research and observation about a new direction in history education.

Enroll in the virtual Flint Sit-Down Strike learning experience

Please fill out the form below with your payment method to enroll in the virtual Flint Sit-Down Strike learning experience. After your payment is processed, we will email you the content for implementation in your LMS or Google Classroom.
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With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

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