Lesson Plan

Civil Rights Movement: Sit-Ins

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Part of the protests of the Civil Rights Movement were small scale sit-ins at lunch counters. This form of on-the-ground activism is the focus of a C-SPAN resource that includes four video-clips about the sit-ins by pupils at a lunch counter in Greenville, NC. After watching the clips, learners craft a position paper about whether or not sit-ins are an effective form of protest. As a culminating activity, individuals research then share what they have learned about one of the sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research and compare the sit-ins of the 1960s with the Occupy movement of 2011
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should have some knowledge of how to craft a position paper—how to make and support a claim
  • The resource includes a worksheet where viewers can record notes and respond to questions about the video clips
  • None
Common Core