Lesson Plan

Civil Rights or Human Rights?

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Young citizens consider the American civil rights movement as part of the global struggle for human rights. After using a timeline activity to learn about the major events in the civil rights movement, class members study Malcolm X's attempts to get the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to investigate violations. Small groups then comparing the struggles in the United States with those in South Africa.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a study of Black History Month, the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., and/or the Declaration of Human Rights
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson ensures that participants are familiar with key events and leaders of the civil rights movement and the Declaration of Human Rights, but prior knowledge is helpful
  • Prompts learners to make connections between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to current social and economic struggles
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