Racial Equality: How Far Have We Come and How Far Do We Have To Go?

Is everyone treated fairly in America? The culminating fifth instructional activity from a series of five has pupils explore racial inequalities from the 1960s and decide whether or not society has changed over time. The instructional activity comes with a speech from President Obama to help hone reading comprehension skills and uses knowledge from previous civil rights lessons to build to a four corners activity where middle schoolers express their opinions. Engaging and relevant, historians come out of the activity empowered to bring society closer to racial equality for all. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the questions to debrief middle schoolers at the end of the lesson for an individual exit ticket to check understanding
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners may need background information from previously learned lessons such as on the 1963 March on Washington and definition of non-violence
Pros
  • Lesson has examples to use as model responses for activity
  • Exciting four corners activity to encourage participation
Cons
  • Link to song and recording of President Obama's speech does not work within the resource