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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 3b: The Civil Rights Movement and The Little Rock Nine

For Teachers 8th Standards
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States takes center stage in a three-unit module that focuses particularly on The Little Rock Nine. Carlotta Walls LaNier’s, A Mighty Long Way, and Shelley Tougas’ photo essay, Little Rock Girl...
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Center for Civic Education: Black History Month

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Six lesson plans in the Black History Month collection introduce middle and high schoolers to nonviolent actions as a means to resist oppression and encourage reform. Lessons look at the Children’s March, music, and citizenship schools...
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Teaching With Laurel Grove School

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
The Laurel Grove school was established by freedmen and freedwomen after the United States Civil War. The school is now a museum and offers this collection of six lessons that use primary and secondary source materials to tell the story...
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EngageNY Grade 8 ELA: Module 3b, Unit 1: Building Background Knowledge: Segregation in the United States

For Teachers 8th Standards
In Module 3b, eighth-graders study the American Civil Rights Movement and the story of the Little Rock Nine. The central texts of the module,  A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier and Shelley Tougas' photo essay Little Rock Girl...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Social justice is the theme of a 12-lesson unit that uses photographs to focus students' attention on and expand their understanding of current social issues facing society. Class members learn how to closely examine an image, and to...
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Museum of Tolerance: Teaching Tolerance

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do you teach classes to recognize and confront intolerance? To recognize their preconceptions and commit to change? The materials in this collection, prepared by the Museum of Tolerance, are designed to achieve these goals. Whether...
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Judicial Learning Center: Student Center

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A collection of 22 interactive resources provides learners with information about the United States federal courts. The pages are divided into five sections: The role of the federal courts; The organization of the federal courts; How the...
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C-SPAN Classroom: Middle School Civics

For Parents 6th - 8th
Introduce middle schoolers to the roles and powers of the three branches of the United States government, with the 21 resources in the C-SPAN Civics collection. Sorted into the legislative branch, the executive branch, and the judicial...
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Emmett Till: A Series of Four Lessons

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A four-lesson collection, designed to be used with the film, The Murder of Emmett Till, provides the historical context viewers need to understand the implications for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s as well as today's...
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The Power of Nonviolence: Rosa Parks: A Quest for Equal Protection Under the Law

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Teach young historians about the historical legacy of Rosa Parks with a multi-faceted lesson plan. Pupils follow stations and use journals to explore prominent events, analyze primary resource documents, and engage in interesting...
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Civil Rights Historical Investigations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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"Scottsboro Boys": A Trial Which Defined an Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Here's a must-have resource. Whether your focus is racism, the Great Depression, the "Scottsboro Boys" trial, or part of a reading of To Kill A Mockingbird, the information contained in the seven-page packet will save hours of research...
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Plessy v. Ferguson & the Roots of Segregation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How far in the past do the roots of Jim Crow and segregation extend? Your young historians will closely consider this question using detailed PowerPoint slides as a basis for discussion rather than lecture, and culminating in an activity...
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To establish the historical and cultural context of To Kill a Mockingbird, class members listen to an audio that describes Lee's life experiences that parallel the novel, including her friendship with Truman Capote. Groups then read...
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Keep Your Eye On the Prize

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers learn about citizens who were actively involved in the civil rights movement, and the strategies they used to overcome the Jim Crow laws that were so prevalent in the 1960s. They investigate the voting amendments of the US...
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Reconstruction and the Changing South

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An amazing resource, with images, rich text, and working hyperlinks. It covers one of America's most horrible crimes against humanity, slavery. Thankfully a change took place during the Reconstruction Era. Learn about the laws, key...
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Qualifying to Vote Under Jim Crow

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather laws? Scholars study the systematic ways African-Americans were kept from voting even after it was made a law. They analyze a series of primary source documents, complete a worksheet, and engaged...
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US History Overview 2 - Reconstruction to the Great Depression

For Students 8th - 11th
Ambitiously spanning American history from 1865 to 1941, this video discusses and clarifies topics such as women's suffrage, the sinking of the Maine, and the development of America as a world empire. Maps and photographs will engage...
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The True History of Voting Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewExplore what voting rights really are in an intriguing lesson that explores the history of American voting. The resource examines the timeline of voting rights in the United States with group discussions, hands-on-activities, and...
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Voting Rights History Quiz

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewAn 11-question online quiz permits young historians to check their knowledge of the history of voting rights in the United States. After reading a short introduction, individuals click through the questions that test their knowledge of...
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Searching For The American Dream

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A reading of Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem" launches the first lesson in a study of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. After reading the poem and examining the title and book cover of the play, individuals craft an essay in which...
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The Voting Rights Act, 1965 and Beyond

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Voting restrictions are a hot button topic. Calls for government-issued photo identification cards, cut backs to polling places, to voting hours, and restrictions on registration drives are seen by some as protection against voter fraud...
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To Vote or Not to Vote

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Voting can be easy, voting can be hard, voting is just a very important job for all citizens. A four-day plan has class members investigating why voting is so important, why the Voting rights Act of 1965 was necessary, and current...
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Suppressing the Vote

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Voting rights have expanded over time, but some voters are still being suppressed. A thought-provoking resource explores the history of voter suppression in the US and efforts to remove roadblocks to voting. Young historians learn about...
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Reconstruction: The Black Codes

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
During the era of Reconstruction, the planter class of the South tried to replicate the time before the Civil War by squashing rights given in the Thirteenth, Fourteenths and Fifteenth amendments. Using a video clip featuring renowned...
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Reconstruction: The Birth of a Nation - Rewriting History through Propaganda

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
How historically accurate was the film The Birth of a Nation? Using a video that features clips from the film and analysis from historians, young scholars explore the connection between art and history. Additional activities include...
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Whose Constitutional Rights?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The roll-back of the civil rights granted to freed slaves during the Reconstruction Era is the focus of a short video narrated by historian Historian Khalil Muhammad. Also included is an audio of Douglas A. Blackmon discussing an excerpt...
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End of Unit Assessment: Making Connections between Song Lyrics and Texts

For Teachers 8th Standards
For the end-of-unit assessment, scholars engage in small group Socratic seminars to connect the lyrics of two songs to texts they read and studied. They discuss how the songs "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" and "Lift Every Voice...
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Preparation for End of Unit Assessment: Making Connections between Song Lyrics and Texts, Part 2

For Teachers 8th Standards
Five hundred school children first performed the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" in 1900 to celebrate President Lincoln's birthday. Scholars listen to the historic song and discuss the lyrics with partners. They continue preparing notes...
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Preparation for End of Unit Assessment: Making Connections between Song Lyrics and Texts, Part 1

For Teachers 8th Standards
Song lyrics can help people better understand literary texts. Scholars continue listening to "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" and discuss the connections between the song's lyrics and Carlotta Walls LaNier's memoir, A Mighty Long...
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Studying Author’s Craft: Carlotta’s Journey

For Teachers 8th Standards
The longest journey begins with a single step. Scholars analyze the details of Carlotta Walls LaNier's journey through the desegregation of schools in the United States. They continue reading the author's memoir, A Mighty Long Way, and...
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World Cafe: Analyzing the Jim Crow Laws

For Teachers 8th Standards
The Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case connected to the Jim Crow laws. Scholars explore the topic by engaging in the World Café protocol to analyze specific Jim Crow laws. They discuss how the laws relate to Plessy v. Ferguson as well...
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Close Reading: Understanding Carlotta’s Journey

For Teachers 8th Standards
How do incidents in A Mighty Long Way provoke the author, Carlotta Walls LaNier, to make certain decisions that shape her story? Scholars engage in a close reading of the memoir, analyzing events in US history and in Carlotta's personal...
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Analyzing Experiences: Carlotta Walls

For Teachers 8th Standards
What was life like in the American South following the Civil War? Scholars watch a video that discusses the aftermath of the Civil War and the events during the Reconstruction Period. Additionally, they continue reading Carlotta Walls...
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Launching the Text: Building Background Knowledge of the Jim Crow South

For Teachers 8th Standards
Pictures and photographs help build background knowledge about a topic. Scholars participate in a gallery walk to learn more about the Jim Crow era of US history and the desegregation of schools following Brown v. Board of Education....
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Preaching the Gospel of the Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Articulate and determined, passionate about equal treatment for all Americans, James Baldwin was an early spokesman for the Civil Rights Movement. The short PBS video provides viewers with the opportunity to hear Baldwin share his ideas...
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On This Day: Greensboro, North Carolina Sit-In

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
More than an iconic image, the picture of young people sitting at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., to protest segregation and Jim Crow laws also sparked a new phase of the civil rights movement. Video clips, including activists,...
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Study Guide

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Who was Harper Lee, and what led her to write one of the most celebrated novels of all time? Scholars learn about the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and read a summary of a dramatic production of the novel. They also discover the...
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Civil Rights and Equal Protection

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Almost every American is familiar with the Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education. Far fewer understand the constitutional reasoning or the wide-ranging consequences of the ruling in the field of criminology. The interesting...
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Teaching with Historic Places: Discover the Jackie Robinson Ballpark

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Can sports and popular culture change public opinion? That's the essential question asked by a lesson plan that looks at the role Jackie Robinson's appearance at City Island Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Florida played in the desegregation...
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Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson Living in Jim Crow America

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Your class members may know that Jackie Robinson was the first African American man to play Major League Baseball, but they may not be aware of his efforts to achieve social justice. A clip from Ken Burns: The Jackie Robinson Collection...
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Civil Rights

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Informational text about the Civil Rights Movement challenges young historians to prove their reading comprehension skills with six multiple choice questions. After answers are submitted a new screen displays a score, answers—correct and...
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not only paved the way for African American citizens' civil rights, he created an example for women's groups, Hispanic groups, and groups with disabilities to fight for their rights as well. Learn more with a...
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Civil Disobedience

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When is civil disobedience acceptable? Class members read examples of Jim Crow laws, an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and a newspaper article and then consider the factors that make a law just or...
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Booker T. Washington: Orator, Teacher, and Advisor

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Imagine teaching yourself to read and write—do you think you could do it? Scholars analyze how Booker T. Washington went from a slave learning to read to a leading educator in the United States. Using video clips, speeches, and primary...
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George Washington Carver: Scientist, Inventor, and Teacher

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Using video clips along with primary and secondary documents, scholars analyze the life of George Washington Carver, one of America's best scientists and inventors. Class members then create music, posters, and skits about this amazing...
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The Songs in Uncle Tom's Cabin

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Experience Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin in an innovative, musical way. A list of audio links leads class members to spirituals from the novel, such as "Die in the Field," "The Wings in the Morning," and "Blow Ye the Trumpet."
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An Introduction to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is the War on Drugs responsible for the inordinate number of black Americans sent to prison for non-violent drug offensives? That's MIchelle Alexander's contention in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of...
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Breaking the Code: Actions and Songs of Protest

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Ezell Blair, Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil changed history. Their sit-in at the lunch counter of the Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960 became a model for the nonviolent protests that...
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Civil War to Civil Rights: From Pea Ridge to Central High

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Explore how the Civil War impacted the Civil Rights Movement. Class members complete a series of projects for a unit that uses a layered curriculum approach to learning. 
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Civil Rights: US History

For Teachers 10th Standards
To gain an understanding of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, class members investigate the Jim Crow Laws, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the US Constitution, and the 1898 Supreme Court case,...
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The Daily Experience of the Laurel Grove School, 1925

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What was daily life like for those attending segregated schools in 1925? Modern learners fill out a KWHL chart as they explore historical background and primary source documents about the Laurel Grove School in Fairfax County, Virginia....
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Growing Up in a Segregated Society, 1880s–1930s

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What did segregation look like in the beginning of the 20th century? Middle and high schoolers view images of segregated areas, read passages by Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, and come to conclusions about how the influence of...
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The Impact of the Jim Crow Era on Education, 1877–1930s

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Even though American slaves were officially emancipated in 1865, the effects of slavery perpetuated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Middle and high schoolers learn about the ways that discrimination and the Jim Crow laws...
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Can It Happen in America?: Taking Social Action

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Class members investigate the Jim Crow Laws, Executive Order 9066, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the Indian Removal Act to gather information about not only the challenges encountered by diverse groups of Americans, but their...
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Educator's Guide: Holes

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
You'll be a star at your next grade level meeting with an educational unit on Louis Sachar's Holes. Based on both the novel and film, the lessons include applications to language arts with character studies and movie reviews; social...
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Jim Crow and the Fight for Civil Rights

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
The history of voting rights in America has always been rocky, especially in the time period after the Civil War. Learn about the ways that Jim Crow laws affected the voting rights of African Americans with a lesson featuring primary...
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Jim Crow and Voting Rights

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Class groups examine primary source documents to determine how the voting rights of African Americans were restricted after the failure of Reconstruction, and how African American participation in World War II lead to change.
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Moments in the Lives of Engaged Citizens Who Fought Jim Crow

For Teachers 8th Standards
Individuals can make a difference. That's the big idea in this lesson plan that investigates individuals who fought the Jim Crow laws. Class members research an activist, create a living museum display, and teach the class about the role...
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A Pivotal Moment in the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
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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What if YOU Lived During Jim Crow?

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Young historians envision what life was like for African Americans living in the Jim Crow South through hands-on, experiential activities. 
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Living History: Local Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Your young historians will learn about the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the nature of Jim Crow laws from those in the community who experienced it first-hand.
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Promises Denied

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Promises Denied," the second lesson in a unit that asks learners to consider the responsibilities individuals have to uphold human rights, looks at documents that illustrate the difficulty the US has had trying to live up to the ideals...
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Jim Crow Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Jackie Robinson's attempt to earn a spot on the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers provides learners with an opportunity to examine the Jim Crow laws and revisit issues of segregation and integration. "The Unconquerable Doing the Impossible: Jackie...
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Study Guide: The Reconstruction

For Students 8th - 10th
Test prep has never been so easy. Your class will answer each of the 37 study questions in order to get an A on the upcoming test on the Reconstruction era. There are four vocabulary words, 12 major events, six important people, two...
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use the historical account of Claudette Colvin to study civil rights and connect past injustices to modern issues. As learners read, they examine chapter titles, record quotes, and participate in discussion. Next, they research active...
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The Scottsboro Trial

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore issues of justice in American History through the Scottsboro trials.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders analyze primary sources and answer questions based on the source.  Students create posters about...
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The South, the North and the Great Migration: Blues and Literature

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Here is a complex lesson plan that interweaves the history of the Jim Crow South and the Great Migration with the study of poetry, art, and blues music from the Harlem Renaissance. The plan helps young historians develop a deep...
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Rosa Parks Changed the Rules

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners complete a diagram of the Montgomery bus that carried Rosa Parks into the history books. They read about Rosa Park's contributions to the Civil Rights movement. They role play Rosa Park's refusal to move to the back of the bus.
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US Civil Rights Movement: Beginnings through the 60s

For Teachers 8th - 11th
A real find for a U.S. History teacher, this presentation could supplement many class sessions about the Civil Rights Movement. Pictures of events, major figures, and "Whites Only" signs are striking and effective for even your most...
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US History Vocabulary Review

For Teachers 8th
A lot happened as the American Civil War came to a close. Before diving head-first into a unit on the Reconstruction period, preview key events, concepts, and vocabulary, specific to post Civil War America. Each slide gives a simple...
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Unit 3: The Negro Motorist Green Book

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
What was it like to travel as an African-American motorist in the Jim Crow era? Learners consider the question as they examine digital copies of the Green Book, which documented places that served African American patrons during the time...
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Unit 2: Life in Plains, GA

For Teachers 2nd - 12th Standards
What effect does a president's childhood have on his policies?  Classes consider the question as they examine evidence from Jimmy Carter's childhood experiences with segregation in the second of a 19-part The President's Travels series....
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The Jim Crow Era

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how African-Americans were affected by the Great Depression. In this African-American history lesson, students conduct independent research on the social conditions of the time period using the suggested resources....
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Out of the Shadows | Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
New ReviewTwo powerful video clips launch a study of race relations in the United States after the Selma, Alabama riots, the passage of the Votings Rights Act, and the riots in Watts, California. 
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Qualifying to Vote Under Jim Crow

For Students 8th - 12th
In this African-American history lesson, students draw concept maps that feature what they know about Jim Crow Laws prior to responding to 6 short answer questions about the laws.
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Traveling Southern Style

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students research the impact of the Jim Crow laws on safe travel for African-Americans. In this civil rights lesson, students explore the dangers posed upon African-American traveling in the south. Students discover the extent of...
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John Gary Evans and the Politics of Race

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students read letters written by Evans and Gunton regarding race relations. In this Progressive Movement lesson plan, students interpret the intentions and tone of the letters to understand contemporary racial beliefs. Students discuss...
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The Rise and Fall of the Jim Crow Era

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore African American history by researching the Jim Crow laws. In this Civil Rights activity, students define the Jim Crow laws, the reasons they were put into place, and how they were ultimately defeated. Students write a...
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Overcoming Violations of Civil Rights

For Teachers K - 4th
Students investigate slavery by researching the Underground Railroad and Emancipation Proclamation. In this Civil Rights lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide-show of images from the Civil War and Civil Rights era. Students create a...
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Segregation

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students consider the implications of prejudice. In this segregation lesson, students experience a simulation that has school staff favoring students with blue eyes. Students discuss the simulation experience, watch "The Eye of the...
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Seeking Civil Rights

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students examine the issue of segregation. In this civil rights lesson, students use primary sources and pictorial images to explore the issue of segregation in the 1950's. Students work collaboratively and take positions to better...
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The Poetry and Prose of Langston Hughes

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders discover the poetry of Langston Hughes. In this social issues lesson plan, 11th graders experience the views of Langston Hughes. Students read Hughes' poetry and discuss the basic theme. Students evaluate the political,...
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Jim Crow and Segregation

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research the impact of segregation. In this Jim Crow Laws lesson, 8th graders research the impact of these laws on African Americans. Students work in groups to create posters about what they have learned. Students read...
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Emmett Till: Choosing to Remember

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Mamie Till, the mother of Emmett Till and civil rights activist, believed that her son's murder was the last straw before public outrage over racial injustice spilled over into the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century. A history...
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Latinos and the Fourteenth Amendment: A Primary Document Activity

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explore Latinos and the Fourteenth Amendment. In this government and law instructional activity, students analyze the ruling in Hernandez v. Texas. Students predict how the United States would be different if the court had made...
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The History of Jim Crow: Legal Racism in America

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students study the history and culture of Jim Crow, as well as the scope of Jim Crow laws across the United States. They consider the concepts of terror and triumph with respect to the history of Jim Crow, the recognition of evidence of...
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Willie Rudd and Jim Crow

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine the experiences of Americans during the Jim Crow era, and listen to and discuss the book Dear Willie Rudd by Libba Moore Gray. They define discrimination and segregation, answer story comprehension questions, and write a...
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"Jazz is About Collaboration": Jim Crow Laws And Segregation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore development of jazz music in the 1930s by forming imaginary jazz bands which tour several cities in Depression-era America. Jazz band members create imaginary identities for themselves, develop publicity for their tour,...
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Comparing/Contrasting Northern Life to Southern Life

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students compare and contrast the lives of African Americans who moved North vs. those who stayed in the South during the era of Jim Crow Laws.
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Southern Renaissance

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How do authors use their writing as a means of responding to social and cultural change? Pupils watch a video, engage in discussion, read interesting author biographies, write an account of a typical day in a sharecropping family, and...
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Strategies for Change: A Debate Among Four African American Leaders

For Students 8th - 12th
In this social justice instructional activity, students select one of the 4 listed African-American advocates listed to role play in a Reconstruction debate. Students respond to 5 short answer questions to help them prepare for the debate.
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Reconstruction Review Sheet

For Students 8th - 12th
For this Reconstruction review worksheet, students identify 29 people and events that were pertinent to the era that followed the American Civil War.
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Integration with Dignity

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students study segregation. In this social studies lesson, students research racial equality in schools and the civil rights movement. Students read about Jim Crow laws, early desegregation and Clemson University.
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Awwwk…..Jim Crow Laws/ Constitutional?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the constitutionality of Jim Crow Laws. In this civil rights lesson, students read excerpts of the U.S. Constitution as well as examples of Jim Crow Laws. Students select Jim Crow laws and then find out what portions of...
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Segregated America

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate Jim Crow laws. In this segregation lesson, students analyze images that display American segregation. Students use the provided questions to aid them in their evaluation of the images.
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John Fox Slater and the Freedmen

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders discover how Northern philanthropists fought against Jim Crow laws in the South. In this Reconstruction instructional activity, 11th graders analyze 2 letters written by John Fox Slater and determine what his motivations...
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Institutional Study: Jim Crow Laws

For Students 11th - 12th
In this sociology topics worksheet, students read and complete the narrative for the assignment that requires them to compose papers about Jim Crow laws.
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Social Studies: Segregation, Jim Crow Laws, Plessy vs. Ferguson

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students examine the concept of segregation. In this civil rights lesson, students discuss the separate but equal theory as well as the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. Students also research women of the Civil Rights Movement and Jim Crow...
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Jim Crow Laws and Civil Rights

For Students 8th - 12th
In this 20th century U.S. history worksheet, students read articles about Jim Crow Laws and the Civil Rights Movement. Students then respond to 12 short answer questions about the article.
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Seeking Civil Rights

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students explore the impact of the Plessy v. Ferguson case. In this social justice lesson plan, students examine the case, Jim Crow laws, and non-violent forms of protest. Students write essays to persuade the government regarding...
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West Virginia Civil Rights and Jim Crow Laws

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students discover the significance of Jim Crow laws. In this West Virginia history lesson plan, students research Internet and print sources in order to respond to questions on a worksheet titled, "The Fight for Civil Rights: Jim Crow...
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Freedmen & Jim Crow

For Students 6th - 8th
In this United States history activity, students utilize a word bank of 10 terms or phrases to answer 10 fill in the blank questions about the African American experience following the Civil War. A short answer question is included as...
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Civil Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the social and political events in Virginia linked to desegregation and massive resistance and their relationship to national history. They examine the "Jim Crow" laws and how they affected the lives of African Americans...
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Integration of Education

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the history of Civil Rights and how the struggle for Civil Rights and the Second Reconstruction, transformed society and politics in the United States in the 1950s. Then they identify why American Schools are integrated...
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Cultural Impact of Jim Crow Laws and Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils compare the cultural customs of people from European descent and African Americans between 1900 and 1940. Next students listen to interviews about life during the time of Jim Crow laws, and determine how life might be different...
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Jim Crow Laws and The American South

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore how Jim Crow laws affected the lives of people living in the south during pre and post-Civil Rights. Using a various research methods, students research various aspects of the Jim Crow south and complete a graphic...
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Negro Leagues Baseball and the Law

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine historical law and its impact on Negro Leagues Baseball and Black Americans. Students identify and research laws contributing to segregation or integration, and choose one law to reenact in a historically accurate manner.
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Jim Crow Cartoon Classroom

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Pupils research different segments of the Jim Crow Era, create a political cartoon for a class museum, share their political cartoon exhibits with the class, and evaluate other exhibits.
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The Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Jim Crow Laws and goals of the Civil Rights movement. They read and discuss handouts, answer questions, conduct research, and write an essay about the effects of the Civil Rights movement.
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African American Life during Jim Crow

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine Jim Crow laws using primary sources.
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The Great Migration: Comparing and Contrasting Northern Life to Southern Life

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research the Great Migration of African-Americans to the North and form an opinion as to whether this migration was beneficial to its participants. They, in groups, research various experiences and debate the topic.
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Todd Duncan: The First Porgy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view a video and conduct research about Jim Crow laws and their effects on race relations.
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Parallels Between Mass Incarceration and Jim Crow

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewIs history repeating itself? A riveting instructional activity examines the parallels between mass incarceration in the U.S. and the Jim Crow Laws of the past. Academics review Jim Crow Laws and compare them to mass incarcerations of...
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Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewExplore the impact of the war on drugs in a thought-provoking lesson for high school academics. Young historians delve into the world of the criminal justice system and the racial disparity that occurs in the US. The resource provides...
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The War on Drugs—Mechanisms and Effects

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewThe war on drugs doesn't have definite results. An interesting lesson examines the social, political, and economic effect of the war on drugs. Academics learn how the war on drugs has led to mass incarcerations and negatively affected...
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Mass Incarceration as a Form of Racialized Social Control

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewMass incarceration: A result of a tough stance on crime or racial discrimination, you decide. Academics explore the history and reasons behind mass incarcerations in the United States and its impact on ethnic communities. The...
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Jim Crow as a Form of Racialized Social Control

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewJust because slavery was illegal doesn't mean it went away ... Jim Crow Laws took its place. An eye-opening lesson focuses on how Jim Crow Laws were used as a form of racial social control against African Americans in the United States....
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Introducing 'The New Jim Crow'

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewWhen Jim Crow Laws ended, the intent behind them did not. Academics read "The New Jim Crow Laws" and an interview from the author to understand how racism has not ended, but rather changed over time. The instructional activity explains...
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Talking About Race and Racism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewSet the stage for discussion in a thought-provoking lesson on racism. An informative resource prepares scholars to discuss the history of race and racism with a quiz, vocabulary, and guidelines. Academics discuss topics surrounding...
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Slavery as a Form of Racialized Social Control

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewAn engaging instructional activity delves into the effects of slavery on society. Young historians read text excerpts, complete handouts, and participate in group discussion to understand how slavery was a means to control society and...
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The Legacies of Reconstruction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The final lesson in the seven-resource Reconstruction Era collection examines the legacies of Reconstruction. Class members investigate why the period has been called an "unfinished revolution," "a splendid failure," and "the second...
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14th Amendment Discussion Starter: The Black Codes

For Students 7th - 12th
The Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws were rules that served the same purpose: to restrict the rights of African Americans. Young historians watch performers read Black Code laws from different states to explain how African Americans were...
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Beyond Baseball with Jackie Robinson

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Jackie Robinson was more than a baseball star, he was a prominent activist. The thought-provoking resource focuses on the life and achievements of Jackie Robinson, from his baseball career to his civic participation. Academics listen and...
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14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Two Supreme Court cases, Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education take center stage in a lesson about the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Class members research both cases to compare and contrast the rulings.
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Jim Crow Laws Influence the Fight for Women's Suffrage | Carrie Chapman Catt

For Students 5th - 12th
A short, but very thought-filled video, examines the how Carrie Chapman Catt's push for passage of the 19th Amendment was impacted by Jim Crow Laws in southern states. Viewers are asked to consider the compromises made and whether the...
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Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice | Confronting Unjust Practices

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A powerful photograph of the Freedom Riders of 1961 launches an examination of the de jure and de facto injustices that the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s addressed. Young historians first watch a video and read the Supreme...
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Reconstruction

For Teachers 6th - 8th
When slavery ended, what did the government do to help African American during Reconstruction? An interesting instructional activity uses primary sources such as newspaper articles to help scholars analyze Reconstruction policies and how...
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The African-American Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 11th
Every once in awhile a resource comes along that has all the materials you could ever want on a specific topic. Here's such a resource; an amazing collection of primary sources, photographs, posters, handbills, articles, and even the...
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Segregation: Plessy v. Ferguson: An Individual's Response to Oppression

For Students 11th
After generating research questions rated to segregation, groups are given a primary source document (Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes, Plessy v. Ferguson, etc.) and craft a presentation that details the key elements of their assigned...
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Chapter Five Worksheet Civil Rights

For Students 8th - 12th
Finish a unit on equal rights in American history with a 25-question assessment. Focusing on the legal and social history of discrimination in the United States, the worksheet challenges learners to differentiate between the implications...
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Historiography and Jim Crow in popular culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the different ways history has been written about the Jim Crow laws during three phases—from the end of the Civil War until the 1960s, during the 1960s, and then during the late twentieth and early twenty-first...
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South Carolina's African American Women: "Lifting As We Climb"

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the formation of the National Association of colored Women's Club. In this civil rights lesson plan, students research the history and mission of the NACWC.
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No Day

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students learn about discrimination and the Jim Crow laws. In this discrimination lesson, students are presented with new classroom rules that discriminate against certain types of clothing. Students discuss the effects of the new rules...
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Change is Coming: Segregation in America

For Teachers K - 4th
Students examine Jim Crow Laws and segregation in America. In this civil rights lesson, students compare and contrast the lives of White and African American citizens post Civil War. They will use a Venn Diagram to mark the impacts of...
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Cultural Impact of Jim Crow Laws and the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students examine the Jim Crow laws and how they impacted the lives of both African Americans and white Americans. They discuss the Civil Rights Movement and how their lives may have been different had it not occurred. Groups...
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The Effects of Segregation And "jim Crow" on Life in Virginia

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study the effects that segregation and the Jim Crow laws had on life in Virginia after reviewing the Reconstruction period. They list the effects that the Jim Crow laws had on the lives of African Americans such as unfair...
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Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students analyze photographs that feature segregation. In this human rights lesson, students examine photographs of a segregated movie theater, a Ku Klux Klan gathering, a segregated business sign, and an illustration from "Harper's...
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Women and Jim Crow

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students understand the importance of equality of opportunity and equal protection of the law as a characteristic of American society. They understand the important factors that have helped shape American Society and know ways in which...
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Wisconsin 's Opportunity for African Americans: 1945-1959

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use primary sources to research and evaluate the quality of life for African American urban migrants in the 20th century. They focus on Wisconsin and outline Wisconsin's response to the wave of urban migration in a poster.
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Perseverance

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars examine how the failure of Reconstruction led to the systematic passage of Jim Crow laws in states across the South and the negative impact these laws had on the growth and development of the US.
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Traveling Southern Style: A Lesson on the Jim Crow Laws

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders create a poster of a travel route. In this discrimination lesson, 3rd graders read The Gold Cadillac and use it to discuss the problems African Americans faced while traveling south in the 1950's. Students compare three...
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An Analysis of Jim Crow Laws and their Effects on Race Relations

For Teachers 1st
First graders analyze the role of the Jim Crow laws on race relations. As a class, they are segregated based on the color shirt they have or some other simple criteria and wear either a square or circle sticker representing the majority...
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Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students experience a classroom simulation of discrimination and then use this as a springboard to discuss the Civil Rights Movement and Jim Crow Laws. This is a powerful, and potentially controversial, lesson for your students.
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Martin Luther King Jr.

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders recognize the chronology of Martin Luther King's life and have an understanding of the Jim Crow laws. They become familiar with the speech "I Have a Dream."
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Making Democracy Work for Everyone, 1877-1904

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students investigate the culture of the post Reconstruction South. They participate in a jigsaw research activity, conduct Internet research on an assigned topic, and write a report to present to the class.
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Reconstruction: "Healing Wounds, Mending Fences"

For Teachers 5th
Students examine material on the Civil War Era to develop an understanding of the major issues that were resolved. This six lessons unit provides a closer glimpse into our nation's political and ethical history.
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Writing About Race

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore racial discrimination focusing on Jim Crow laws. They read an excerpt from Richard Wright's autobiography and discuss how viewing the subject from the his point of view affects their opinions.
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Realizing the Dream: Lesson 6

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research the Jim Crow Laws in the computer lab and continue their research on a black person in history by using the research outline. In this research lesson plan, 6th graders also identify fiction and non fiction books.
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Understanding Jim Crow Laws

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this civil rights lesson, student determine the meaning and origination of Jim Crow laws. Students discuss the implications of the laws...
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Amazing Grace

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students study the meaning of the term 'Jim Crow'. They examine how this term originated, when it was used, and how it served its purpose? They read two short biographies of Maya Angelou and James Comer discover that both authors...
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Zora Neale Hurston:Fighting Jim Crow through the All-Black Community

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explain the importance of equality of opportunity and equal protection of the law as a characteristic of American society and evaluate the validity and credibility of different historical interpretations.