History, Grade Levels, Lesson Plans, Grade 10, Type, Grade 11, High School (9-12), Activities/Games, Subject, Social Studies, Grade 12

PA History: Demystifying Pennhurst


In this lesson students will compare and contrast 3 videos on Pennhurst State School. Students will delve into two narratives, The “horror” and “historical”. In a class discussion, students will discuss the implications of each narrative on how society views mental illness and intellectual disability. Students will learn about Pennhurst and the historic self-advocacy of the residents and the eventual closing of the PA institution.

Lesson Plan:

Pennhurst State School.googledoc

Evaluation and Feedback

Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us! We use your feedback to improve lesson plans and educational content. Your voice is an integral part of DEE. Please fill out these brief surveys: lesson plan evaluation and students fill out the anonymous student survey If you need support with the lesson content, evaluations or material please contact us.