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Tenth graders develop a website documenting poetry integral during the civil rights movement in the United States. Working in pairs, 10th graders research the people and poetry of that was prevalent during the civil rights movement. They analyze the poetry for content and theme. Taking their research, student pairs create a website featuring their information and analysis.
Students examine the Jim Crow laws and how they impacted the lives of both African Americans and white Americans. They discuss the Civil Rights Movement and how their lives may have been different had it not occurred. Groups investigate a topic question and choose and activity to represent what they have discovered from their research.
An excellent resource defines the African-American Civil Rights Movement from the early 1900s through the legacy left in modern times. Every major date, event, and key player is described under clear overarching categories. The NAACP, legal victories, political changes, and activists that made the Civil Rights Movement are discussed.
Students become familiar with the work of Jacob Lawrence and the visual narrative. In this Jacob Lawrence Civil Rights lesson plan, students discover the importance of the Civil Rights movement and how this information can be told in a visual narrative. Students dissect the primary photos and create a visual image.
Students explore Civil Rights. In this Civil Rights instructional activity, 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.
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, they share their information with the class.
Young scholars analyze the direct action tactics of nonviolence. As a class, they distinguish between a strategy and a tactic and identify tactics used during the civil rights movement. They relate these tactics and how they might be used to instances of injustice today.
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.