Unit Plan

Civil Rights Historical Investigations

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The murder of Emmett Till, the Selma to Montgomery march, and the desegregation of Boston schools are the focus of three units that ask class members to investigate why these events were so key in the struggle for civil rights. Groups examine primary source materials to gain an understanding of the historical context, the timing, and the role played by individuals in these events that launched the Civil Rights Movement. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • The final unit in the packet focuses on the attempts to desegregate Boston area schools; while the activities and concepts are universal, instructors could choose to have class members research the same attempts in their area
Classroom Considerations
  • A protocol must be in place for a safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues
  • Many of the images and comments in the primary source materials are disturbing but essential to reinforce the central theme of the resource; therefore, remind class members that these materials provide the historical context required
  • The 268-page packet includes an overview of the Facing History and Ourselves program, three unit plans, detailed lessons and activities, and an appendix that includes all required graphic organizers, handouts and other teaching resources
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