Vietnam and Civil Rights Era, 1960-1980 Teacher Resources

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Learners evaluate the Kennedy Administration's involvement in the civil rights movement. In this Civil rights lesson, students read and take notes from speeches connected to the historic March on Washington from the National Archives in a jigsaw format. Learners write editorial articles from the perspective of different newspapers commenting on the speeches.
Students evaluate selected songs as effective tools for social protest and as an historical documents and describe the role music played in the civil rights movement of the 1960s;
Students identify and acquire an understanding of what the Civil Rights Movement consisted of, the issues that sparked the Movement, the people who participated and the events that occurred during the Movement. They also identify how to analyze and interpret photographs and make inferences. Students then demonstrate what they learned and express it in some form of writing.
Students explore music that exemplified the Civil Rights Movement. In this music and history lesson plan, students research 1960's protest songs, Motown recorded music, and rap of the 1990's to consider the power of music and its reflection on the social conscience.
Pupils 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.
High schoolers learn about citizens who were actively involved in the civil rights movement, and the strategies they used to overcome the Jim Crow laws that were so prevalent in the 1960s. They investigate the voting amendments of the US Constitution, and apply these ammendments during a hands-on simulation. Video and Internet resources are also used in this most-impressive high school history lesson plan.
Twelfth graders select and research one of these three events from the 1960's-the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement or the counter culture movement- and select songs that are associated with these events. They prepare outlines and give oral presenations about the selected events and songs. Students conduct interviews with people who lived during the 1960's and they ask them to recall the events and identify songs associated with those events.
Learners 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.
Seventh graders explore the goals of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  In this US History lesson, 7th graders read a newspaper article that reported a significant event during this era.  Students write a summary of this event.
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.
Eleventh graders discuss the use of nonviolence.  In this civil rights movement lesson, 11th graders write a journal entry on the differences between Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., discuss nonviolence and create a poster promoting nonviolence.
Students focus on the struggle for minorities rights. They describe the civil rights movement of the late 1950's and the 1960's. They trace the roots of the movement in the second-class treatment accorded many black Americans and describe attempts to correct unfair laws and customs.
Students examine the Civil Rights Movements in the U.S., both current and historic. In small groups students investigate a specific civil rights group, create an illustrated timeline, noting key events, people, and state and federal laws.
Tenth graders investigate three American leaders from the Civil Rights Movement while they examine the early 1960's and the topic of racial equality. They listen to music from the era, read speeches, and look at images of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and John F. Kennedy. Finally, they write and share paragraphs that describe the final moments of each of the three men's lives.
High schoolers view a film, "Dawn's Early Light: Ralph McGill and the Segregated South." As groups of students observe the movie, they list key dates, significant persons interviewed, and cultural characteristics. Upon completion of the movie, high schoolers create a timeline of McGills life, a timeline the Civil Rights movement, and write a biographical sketch of important people. Students discuss cultural changes.
One of the many appeals of this resource lies in its diverse application. Appropriate for US history, English, or art classes, scholars will appreciate the exploration of the civil rights movement through art, music, and film. They'll discuss and analyze the revolutionary art of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas. They'll consider both the social context of the time and the Panthers' mission as they view Douglas's work. They then analyze the lyrics to the James Brown song, "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud." A wonderful way to bring social injustice and social revolution to the table. The resource includes discussion questions, but does not provide any assessment or rubric.
Students examine social justice issues regarding American Indians. In this civil rights instructional activity, students investigate the Red Power Movement of the 1960's and 1970's. Students then roleplay interviewing Native American protesters.
Students explore justice issues. In this social activism lesson, students watch "Social Activism in the United States," and then locate newspaper articles from the 1960's and 1970's about events during the era.
Students examine Chisholm's life and career, and explore her thoughts on some of the issues of her time. They read a speech that Chisholm delivered on the Equal Rights Amendment and conduct research on the Women's Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Students examine 1960's and 1970's America. In this contemporary history lesson, students examine images, texts, and documents that provide a glimpse into American politics during the decades. Students then conduct further research and write reflections on the lesson.