Who Was Bayard Rustin?

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Who was Bayard Rustin? Pupils work through the third lesson out of five using a variety of primary sources and class discussions to learn about the important figure in the civil rights movement. The lesson contains a short film to watch along with guided questions and other resources provided by well-respected organizations such as PBS. Collaborative learning through discussion questions opens your young historians' eyes to the sacrifices and struggles Bayard Rustin faced during the 1960s.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • As an exit ticket, have middle schoolers complete a social media profile page for Bayard Rustin as if he were living in current times
  • Consider teaching a class novel with your unit, as recommended in the Nonviolence vs. Jim Crow resource
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires learners to read for homework; make sure to have a plan for those who did not complete their homework for day two
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Motivating exercise questions spark inquiry and interest in the lesson
  • Includes a wonderful mix of print and film resources for middle schoolers to synthesize 
  • Resource contains guided questions for collaborative discussion but nothing to check individual understanding at the end of the lesson