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Students find information about the life and legal career of Thurgood Marshall, including the NAACP and its causes. They comprehend the issues and context of the Brown v. Board of Education case that Marshall argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and its role in the civil rights movement of the mid-1900s.
Students read about Thurgood Marshall and answer discussion questions about him. For this Thurgood Marshall lesson plan, students discuss the biography and history of him.
Young scholars complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Thurgood Marshall. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Third graders investigate a mysterious famous American. In this Thurgood Marshall lesson, 3rd graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress featuring Marshall and conduct further research to determine who the mystery American is and what his accomplishments were. Analysis of best practices and technology integration articles are included to further support the teacher of this lesson.
Third graders look at how Thurgood Marshall and  Abraham Lincoln contributed to American life today. For this famous Americans lesson, 3rd graders look at pictures related to Marshall and Lincoln's life, they compare them, using a Venn Diagram.
Students analyze effective story-telling and literary techniques used by playwright George Stevens, Jr. in the play 'Thurgood.' Students illustrate how past events have shaped their own lives by drawing a Lifeline of points in their lives, identify the literary devices used by George Stevens to depict the life of Thurgood Marshall on stage, and generate a Lifeline for a significant person from history, science, the arts or sports. Students adapt the Lifeline to the stage.
Young scholars study the origin of Black History Month which celebrates the accomplishments of people of African descent each February. They are exposed to the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Sojourner Truth by listening to and discussing children's literature. Finally, they write a letter of appreciation to one of the famous Americans.
In this American Civil Rights instructional activity, students complete a graphic organizer with details about Thurgood Marshall, Brown v. Board of Education, Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Little Rock Nine. Students also respond to two short answer questions.
Students explored the meaning of racism through the lens of segregation, the significance of the Brown v. Board of Education case, and the life of Thurgood Marshall. They create a timeline of a famous hero and of Thurgood marshall. Afterward, they write a short essay comparing and contrasting the lives of Thurgood Marshall and their hero.
Take a closer look at "one of the most important periods of American social history: the 1950s," as well as the type of society that the civil rights movement would endeavor to change. This engaging video begins by detailing the era of suburbanization, rise of consumerism, and celebration of the middle class lifestyle during the decade, and then proceeds into an interesting discussion on contradictions of a consensus culture and the rigid segregation that also existed.
Learners put themselves in the shoes of students who integrated Little Rock High School in 1957-58. Note: The primary resources in this activity provide powerful and poignant descriptions of what those students faced.
What a fantastic resource! The foundational skills focused on are compare and contrast and understanding of the US Constitution in terms of political movements in history. Learners will work through a series of activities and informational text to compare the Tea Party Movement of 2009 to the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Resource links, activities, a glossary, and video links are all embedded in the presentation.
Challenge historians to investigate influential African-Americans through this online research activity. Learners undertake this task using online links, some of which require investigative searching. Print the worksheet out first, so students can write as they research. There are 31 short-answer questions, followed by a final short-essay response, and a connection to the community asking students to research a local "outstanding African-American." Most links operate.
Do you recognize these famous people? Examine the lives of famous Americans like Helen Keller and Thomas Jefferson. To accomplish this, your class will study the contributions made by the famous people listed here. They will identify the pictures of these Americans and explain the importance of the republican form of government.
Third graders explore famous African Americans. For this Black History lesson, 3rd graders look at images of different famous African Americans. They sort these images into male/female, chronologically, categories, and by contribution. 
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.
Young scholars discover that the actions of people can have a positive influence on a community. They use a variety of resources to research biographies of African Americans. Students research and discuss the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., then look at the lives of other influential African Americans such as, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall and Ruby Bridges.
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 8 matching questions regarding 1950's America. Students may check their answers immediately.
Students investigate photographs of American "pioneers." In this historical figures lesson, students discuss photographs and documents that feature famous Americans in an effort to understand that ordinary people can make great contributions to society. Students complete a worksheet as they participate in the classroom presentation.
Young scholars investigate equality by examining Civil Rights leaders. In this racism lesson, students identify the key figures in the Civil Rights Movement, such as Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King Jr. Young scholars observe a slide-show filled with images of these men and women.

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