Protesting Violence without Violence

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The ultimate legacy of Emmett Till's violent death is its role in the non-violent roots of the Civil Rights Movement. A lesson compares contemporaneous articles with the lyrics of Bob Dylan's "The Death of Emmett Till" and prompts learners to consider the value of non-violent protest when effectuating change.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as an interdisciplinary lesson between language arts and social studies
  • Play the Bob Dylan song for learners who are unfamiliar with it
Classroom Considerations

  • Articles may be difficult to read when printed; consider retyping the context to make it easier to read
  • Lesson is described as the third lesson in a unit, but it works independently as well

  • Includes all necessary primary source documents
  • Connects the murder of Emmett Till with current events

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