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Students examine the roles of prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement. In this civil rights lesson, students watch segments of the video A Time for Justice. Students conduct further research on Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, A. Philip Randolph, Rosa Parks, and Thurgood Marshall.
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.
Students examine several Supreme Court cases. For 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 instructional activity, 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.
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.
Learners consider the historic implications of Barack Obama's election. In this election of 2008 lesson, students research Obama's accomplishments and determine how his election signifies the success of the American Civil Rights Movement. Learners also consider the role that race may have played in the election and write essays about their findings.
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.
Eleventh graders explore American government reform. In this Progressive Era lesson, 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 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.