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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 lesson plan, 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.
Young scholars 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.
Students 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.
In 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.
Tenth graders study the poetry of the US Civil Rights movement and the Black Arts movement over a 12 day period. They author a website showing works of poetry that students have chosen to analyze and relate to these movements.
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 study how the teachings of Mahandas K. Gandi influenced the philosophy of nonviolence that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught. They examine images and decide how this philosophy is relevant to everyday life.
In 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.
Choosing an issue from a play or novel, researchers find two primary sources from different time periods to compare how people's views have changed. Many questions are listed to guide young writers. In the end, learners produce a PowerPoint showcasing their research.
Students view the "Smoking Gun" video as an illustration of someone claiming to be an expert who really is not one. They discuss the fact that some experts also come with biases and personal agendas. Students research experts from handouts using the Internet. They determine the bias their experts may have.
Twelfth graders complete research that exposes them to examples of nonviolent protest throughout the modern world. In this nonviolent protest research lesson plan, 12th graders discover information about signification nonviolent movements throughout the world. Students share their research through a digital story, formal presentation, or gallery walk.
Young scholars explore the history of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Using the internet, they discover how the idea of Jim Crow kept African-Americans from gaining economic prosperity. They explain how an investment in human capital and a willingness to seek out new opportunities allowed for the African-American middle class to form.
Students discuss what satyagraha is understanding that it is the driving force which enables social reform. For this social science lesson, students try to internalize the principles of nonviolence on an individual level and then a global level.

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