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Students examine how historical events have helped to shape society, the roles played by singers and protest songs in the movement for civil rights, and the role American citizens played in shaping their society. Students make posters and PowerPoint presentations, create time lines, participate in debates, write a newspaper article, and compose a creative writing in this project.
Students focus on the struggle for minorities rights. They describe the civil rights movement of the late 1950's and the 1960's. They trace the roots of the movement in the second-class treatment accorded many black Americans and describe attempts to correct unfair laws and customs.
Eighth graders discuss the concept of racism and how it has impacted various groups of American citizens from WWII through the Civil Rights era. After viewing a video, 8th graders complete worksheets and discussion activities which aid in explaining the social, economic, and moral impact of systemic racism and segregation.
Eleventh graders study the history of immigration from 1850 to the present. For this American History lesson, 11th graders compare the 1924 and 1965 immigration acts and give a reasoned opinion on each. Students research, write, and make a presentation on a notable immigrant to the United States.
Students examine the racial inequality that existed in the United States before the Civil Rights Movement. After listening to song lyrics and viewing photographs, they discover the importance of the movement in helping society move toward equality. They write essays and speak orally about their views on the movement and their empathy for African-Americans.
Students consider the implications of segregation. In this Civil Rights Movement activity, students take a survey about discrimination in daily life. Students examine the results of the survey and discuss the effects of Brown v. Board of Education decision. Students respond to a writing prompt about segregation.
Pupils continue their exploration of the concept of rule of law. As a class, they discuss how Civil Rights leaders followed the rule of law in their protests. After reading various articles, they participate in a discussion and research examples of the United States' adherence to the rule of law.