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Students write from varying perspectives in the American South about the civil rights movements in the 1950s. For this civics lesson, students view video clips and take notes. Students discuss the film and listen to a lecture on non-violent protests. Students work in groups to answer discussion questions and historic problems.
Students build a support tower. In this physics lesson, students construct a tower using plastic straws and paper clips in groups. The groups test the strength of their tower by seeing how many pennies it can hold and evaluating different variables to see if they can make it sturdier.
Who do your scholars imagine when they think about the civil rights movement? If only a few faces come to mind, this lesson plan will expand their concepts of the movement's leaders. Learners examine an image of the 1963 March on Washington, then small groups jigsaw primary sources to "add to the picture." Differentiate instruction by assigning documents according to literacy levels. The class reviews an excerpt from the "I Have a Dream" speech, and fills in a worksheet. The worksheet link is down.
Students respect and appreciate the challenges people faced during World War II. They develop the different perspectives on race during WWII. Students develop that the nation's actions may not exemplify a nation's stated ideals. Students focus on the historical interpretation and the change over time.
Students explore notions of tolerance in a post 9/11 world. They work in collaborative groups to create imaginary letters highlighting responses to discrimination and intolerance, and stage a dramatic reading. Finally, students design tee shirts with messages that promote tolerance.