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Debating the Issues: Ralph Bunche and Civil Rights
Synthesizing information from a PBS documentary Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey, its companion website, and several other resources (links to which are provided), high schoolers evaluate whether Bunche did all he could to advance the Civil Rights Movement. They choose a side and develop their arguments for a class debate. Resource offers a model for developing a position and participating in debates about issues or current events.
The civil Rights Struggle in a Jacob Lawrence Style Series
Young scholars become familiar with the work of Jacob Lawrence and the visual narrative. In this Jacob Lawrence Civil Rights lesson, students discover the importance of the Civil Rights movement and how this information can be told in a visual narrative. Young scholars dissect the primary photos and create a visual image.
The Journey to Civil Rights
Students explore Civil Rights. In this Civil Rights lesson, students read about Ruby Bridges and define the words segregation and supremacy. Students make a timeline of important events in Civil Rights and write a paragraph about why the Civil Rights Movement was so important.
Civil Rights Video Essay
Students investigate a decade of American history when the civil rights movement was a focus of national attention. They create a video essay about a person or event that played an important role in shaping the civil rights movement.
Jazz Music and the Crisis Over School Desegregation
High schoolers will learn to appreciate the civil rights movement with a focus on Little Rock, Arkansas. They will also acknowledge Louis Armstrong's unparalleled contributions to American music.
Inventors & Trailblazers
Students are introduced to a groups of African American inventors. In groups, they research the role of each person in improving different industries. They also examine the barriers African Americans faced from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. To end the lesson plan, they share their information with the class.
The March on Washington and Its Impact
Young scholars read Martin Luther King, Jr's speech that he gave in Washington. They identify the social conditions that led to the civil rights movement. They discuss the significance of the March on Washington.
When Youth Protest: Student Activism and the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1970
Young scholars explain the meaning of the following terms associated with the modern Civil Rights movement: segregation; integration; civil rights; civil disobedience.
Civil Rights Movement in America
Eleventh graders explore the Civil Rights movement as a culmination of history and cultural perspectives developed from the Slave Trade and Reconstruction. They identify leading persons and organizations and their personal philosophy to gaining civil rights.
Making More Places at the Table: The American Civil Rights Movement of the 50's and 60's
Eleventh graders examine the biography of Henry B. Gonzalez. They examine primary source documents from Congressman Gonzalez's personal papers related to his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
The Consequences of Liberalism on the Civil Rights Movement
Students investigate how the civil rights movement transformed from a non-violent movement in the early sixties to a military and separatist movement. Working in groups, students compare and contrast the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael in terms of their content and the shift in the tone from non-violent resistance to military separatism.
Students investigate important themes, figures, and events of the Civil Rights Movement. They create a class mural that demonstrates their understanding of the continuing impact of the movement on American society.
Students investigate important themes, figures, and events of the civil rights movement. They create a class mural that both synthesizes their knowledge of this period in history and demonstrates the continuing impact of the movement on American society.
The Movement Beyond Martin
Students investigate the context, issues, important people, and outcomes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. They attempt to answer the essential question, "Would the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 60's have happened if Martin Luther King, Jr. had never been born?" They research primary and secondary sources.
Students expand their knowledge and understanding about the civil rights movement by investigating the lives of some of the people who contributed to it.
Civil Disobedience During the Civil Rights Movvement
Tenth graders evaluate the role and consequences of civil disobedience compared to other forms of protest in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. They use Henry David Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience," to delvelop their knowledge of the concept. Pupils define the term "civil disobedience" and give an example.
Social Studies: Civil Rights Unit: Grade 1
First graders discuss civil rights. In this civil rights unit, the student analyzes the roles of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges in the African American Civil Rights movement. They discuss which activist they feel contributed the most to the movement.
Reconstruction to Civil Rights
Eighth graders complete a unit of lessons on the period of time from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights movement. They analyze and interpret political cartoons and editorials, conduct research on famous civil rights places, and complete writing assignments.
Defending Personal Freedoms
Students examine the impact of the Bill of Rights in their daily lives and research the U.S. civil rights movement. They define "cause," view and discuss Civil Rights posters online, read the Bill of Rights and watch a PowerPoint presentation, develop a digital slideshow on civil rights leaders, and take a virtual field trip.
The Journey to Civil Rights
Students explore several significant figures and events of the Civil Rights Movement and sequence the key events to create a timeline. The lesson utilizes the story, "The Story of Ruby Bridges," the work of Robert Coles to introduce the concepts.