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Ninth graders study the American Civil Rights Movement. In this social justice lesson plan, 9th graders read "Making History," and discuss the decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case. Students then take the provided Civil Rights test.
Eighth graders explore the Cold War Era. In this world history instructional activity, 8th graders discover the positions taken by countries during the Cold War as they listen to lectures regarding the major events and turning points in the Cold War. Students also read selected text and listen to music regarding the era.
Students examine the philosophy of nonviolence developed by Martin Luther King, Jr. and how this turned into practice during the Civil Rights Movement. They compare these teachings to those of Mohandas K. Ghandi.
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.
Students locate the literary devices used in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In this figurative language lesson plan, students first distinguish between similes, metaphors, analogies, personification, etc. Students watch a video of Dr. King's speech and work in groups work to locate any figurative language included in the speech. Students create a presentation to share with the class what they learned.
"How might multiple perspectives of standardized testing impact me as a student?" is an example of an essential question that a researcher might use as a basis for this lesson on how to research and present a written stance on a controversial issue. The school librarian models searches of print and non-print resources and the teacher models perspective development and citation format.
Take advantage of Banned Book Week to pique students' interest and get them reading! Create a classroom display of previously banned books and allow each member of your class to choose one to read. After they have read their book, get into the school library and do some research. Why was the book banned? Who was behind the censorship? As a final assessment, class members write a persuasive essay defending their book or urging the school or local library to ban the book.
The Secret Life of Bees provides high schoolers an opportunity to connect the events in the novel to events in America’s history. After choosing a topic from a provided list, individuals research how the event affected the Civil Rights Movement in this country. Directions for direct instruction, modeling, guided and independent practice, as well as activities, a template for self-assessment, and a project rubric are included.
Students discuss Rosa Parks and the Montgomery busy boycott by examining the boycott handbill and Rosa Park's arrest report. They compare both documents and complete the Document Analysis Worksheet. They research the consequences of hero making in history.
Students examine several Supreme Court cases. In 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.
Eleventh graders study Malcolm X and black power. In this African American lesson, 11th graders write a journal entry about black power and create a timeline of the events during the civil right movement.
Students use the internet to research the major events and dates of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. In groups, they use this information to create a poster to present to the class. They reflect on how these two men were successful in using non-violent protests to get their point across to the public.
In this Martin Luther King activity and progress test worksheet, students respond to a total of 20 multiple choice, matching and fill-in-the-blank questions pertaining to Martin Luther King
Students analyze Dr. King's public addresses and Langston Hughes' poetry as a study of the Civil Rights' nonviolent approach to making an impact. In this protesting lesson, students read poetry of Hughes and speeches by Dr. King as a study of ways to productively and nonviolently impact change.
Eleventh graders explore the Civil Rights Movement. In this civil rights instructional activity, students compare and contrast the nonviolent resistance promoted during the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Power Movement.
Students explore racism in America by researching historic victories for equality. In this African American leaders lesson, students discuss the contributions Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. made while reading a timeline. Students listen to King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the Internet.
Students examine the accomplishments of African Americans. After being introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography, they create a timeline of their lives. They use those events to write their own autobiography to share with the class.
Students investigate the concept of American freedom with the use of primary sources of images in order to derive meaning. The images are used to inspire research and writing about historical scenes. The writing and analysis of the images are finally presented to the whole class.
High schoolers research on contributions to the freedom struggle of African Americans made by people who are not in our history books. They read and interpret primary source documents and consider the impact young people can have on history.
For this United States history and government standardized test practice worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 14 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of history and government in the United States.

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