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In this lesson, students will delve into a sensitive and thought-provoking historical event—the Jonestown cult and the tragic events that unfolded there.

  • The lesson begins with an exploration of the term “cult” to provide students with a clear understanding of its meaning. It then offers a historical overview, shedding light on the charismatic leader, Jim Jones, and the series of events that led to the devastating tragedy.
  •  The primary objective of this lesson is to foster critical thinking and empathy among students as they analyze the choices, emotions, and ethical dilemmas faced by the cult members.
  • It encourages students to engage in discussions and activities aimed at understanding the human aspects of this historical event while emphasizing the importance of critical thinking and ethical decision-making in group dynamics. 
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