A Pivotal Moment in the Civil Rights Movement

After an examination of primary source materials, individuals write an argumentative essay in which they craft and support a claim about how pivotal the murder of Emmett Till was to the civil rights movement.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Combine the unit with a reading of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
Classroom Considerations

  • The images and the concepts are disturbing and require a safe classroom environment for discussion
  • The performance task is part of a unit study of the civil rights movement

  • Links are provided to a multitude of primary source materials

  • The performance task does not include a detailed lesson plan
  • Links to the entire unit are not included