Lesson Plan

Strategizing for Freedom

Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, and A. Philip Randolph developed different views on how to advance civil rights for African Americans. Class members research these famous figures and their strategies before developing an argument for whose approach was most effective.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Include the lesson in a study of the civil rights movement and/or during Black History Month
  • If all class members have out-of-class access to the Internet, save the cost of printing the six pages and have learners read the materials online 
Classroom Considerations
  • Ensure that a protocol is in place for a mature discussion of racism and discrimination
  • Class members read the background information on the four leaders and fill out the comparison graphic organizer out of class before returning for a full class discussion
  • Links within the article provide additional background information on the people and topics mentioned
  • None