A. Philip Randolph Teacher Resources
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Seventh graders become familiar with historical trends by studying the period from 1880-1948. In this After Reconstruction lesson, 7th graders participate in a research project and emcee a panel discuss similar to Meet the Press. Students locate events in African American history highlighting problems of African Americans.
Young scholars research and profile figures in American civil rights such as Rosa Parks, from 1955-68, to create commemorative posters.
An excellent tool for organizing information, these cards contain information about different events in the Civil Rights Movement. Students can work individually or as a group to read their given passages. Once they have finished reading, they list the "who, what, and where" of each passage. This activity is not only a good tool for historical information, but a great way to transition students into writing essays about the information they discover.
Seventh graders study the ideologies of life, values, love, peace and struggle of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans as citizens of the United States. Authors and artists are used as tools to open the eyes of the students and allow them to see the impact and significance of cultures upon the history of the United States. Through traditional stories from different groups, they explore the customs and beliefs of their culture and others.
Each student or student team creates a web page. Students research and make decisions for content of the page. Each web page should contain at least six images and six links, as well as any necessary commentary. Students indicate on the web page its purpose and school's email address.
Students consider the historic implications of Barack Obama's election. In this election of 2008 instructional activity, students research Obama's accomplishments and determine how his election signifies the success of the American Civil Rights Movement. Students also consider the role that race may have played in the election and write essays about their findings.
Young scholars practice scientific inquiry while learning about bubbles. In this lesson about bubbles, students explore characteristics of bubbles. Young scholars move through nine different "bubble" stations following directions and completing an activity. Students create a "Bubble Booklet" to record their findings, a graph to compare the bubble sizes, and a story or a poem describing their "bubble experience".
Seventh graders use a protractor to measure angles and solve a problem involving distance. In this measuring angles with a protractor lesson plan, 7th graders calculate the distance of a line on a diagram by using a protractor to measure the angles of a model where the side of a triangle is in proportion to the unknown line.
Hands-on stations in which groups of primary learners experience what mirrors can do provide opportunities for experimenting and authentic discovery. Recording their observations in complete sentences seems age-inappropriate. Drawing what they see in the mirrors and sharing verbally with the class is more realistic. Clear directions for setting up each station.
Students investigate the economy and working world by discovering Labor Day. In this holiday lesson plan, students participate in a tug-o-war activity demonstrating strength vs. weakness and comparing it to the history of labor negotiations. Students utilize the Internet to read stories about labor day events and find song lyrics about Union Workers.
Students examine several Supreme Court cases. In this lesson on US Justice, students take a critical look at Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education in terms of the application of the 14th Amendment. Students then act as lawyers and file a brief that demonstrates their personal position on the subject of 14th Amendment rights and violations.
Students explore African American history by researching the Jim Crow laws. In this Civil Rights lesson plan, students define the Jim Crow laws, the reasons they were put into place, and how they were ultimately defeated. Students write a paper about the volatile era between 1870 and 1960 and paint an image that reflects a political message about the unjust laws.
Learners debate Affirmative Action. In this Civil Rights instructional activity students examine the development of affirmative action. Learners discuss whether affirmative action is advancing equality and civil rights or not.
Students explore the effects of shape, materials, and balance in building a Straw Power Tower that can support the most pennies.
Eleventh graders examine the denial of rights to individuals in the United States. In this American Government lesson, 11th graders study President Roosevelt's Day of Infamy speech. Students create a presentation on the denial of rights in the United States.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this World War II lesson, students examine racial relations during the war and then examine propaganda techniques employed by the United States during the war.
Eleventh graders explore American government reform. In this Progressive Era lesson plan, 11th graders read about the Era in their textbooks and in the provided handouts. Students then create group presentations and write essays on the role of Progressives in changing American government.
Students identify different viewpoints in society. They describe the characteristics of some of the individuals involved in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. They listen to a historical narrative and identify issues of inequality.
Twelfth graders research wartime conditions African American had to endure during World War II. They explain what role African Americans played in World War II and describe what life was like for African Americans in the United States during World War II.
Students explore Virginia Interfaith Center's A More Perfect Union "Misunderstanding" Ad Campaign, view two episodes of PBS America at a Crossroads series, examine historical context of colonialism and geo-political tensions in Middle East, and work in collaborative groups to create media campaign to promote understanding, tolerance, and communication.