Integration of Education and American Society

How did the struggle for Civil Rights during the 1950s transform American society and politics? Why are American schools integrated today? Class members explore these essential questions by examining a series of primary and secondary source documents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members address a letter to Dr. King or Rosa Parks in which they present their assessment of the progress made or yet to be made in the area of civil rights
Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed for ESOL (Educational Services Overseas Limited) schools, the materials are appropriate for any classroom
  • The activities assume a protocol has been established for a safe and respectful discussion of emotionally-charged issues

  • The packet includes a presentation of images drawn from the time, links to the required documents, daily plans for the unit, and a list of suggestions for culminating activities

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Included Materials - Join to Access

  • Images of Jim Crow PowerPoint
  • Listening and Taking Notes Handout
  • Jim Crow Laws
  • Reflecting on Lost Chances - Closed Schools Limited Black Virginian’s Lives
  • Prediction Organizer
  • I Have a Dream
  • 40 Years after the Civil Rights Act: We Haven’t Crossed the Finish Line
  • The Civil Rights Movement: Chronology of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954 - 1968
  • Reading Response for Washington Post Article
  • Reading Response for Washington Post Article with Answers