Unit Plan

Murder of Emmett Till: Is It Ever Too Late for Justice?

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The murder of Emmett Till is the focus of a guided inquiry that asks scholars to research the events, the trial, recent attempts to reopen the case and the effect of the murder on people today.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Set aside additional prep time to prepare the many documents required for the lesson
  • Since the hour-long PBS video offers a timeline and suggests answers to many of the supporting questions, save the viewing until after class members have completed their formative and summative performance tasks
  • The video is powerful, painful, and poignant; preview the entire film to determine how you will approach the discussion of the film's content with your class
  • Use the resource during Black History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes learners are familiar with guided inquiry
  • Researchers need access to devices with internet
  • Includes both formative and summative performance tasks
  • None