The March on Washington Logistics Then and Now

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I have a dream ... that all pupils will be able to organize a march of their own after learning about how Bayard Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. Second out of five lessons, the resource has young reformers collaboratively work to complete an organizer that details Rustin's to-do's and why they were so important. It also contains discussion questions that have middle schoolers synthesize the multiple resources and aid civil rights reading comprehension. To conclude, they report their findings to the class, empowered to use their own voices and find a cause their hearts speak to. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Watch historical footage from the 1963 March on Washington to provide background knowledge before the lesson
  • Consider exploring Black Lives Matter or other modern movement to compare/contrast with topic
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity has learners work in groups of four; you may want to assign groupings to maintain management of the classroom

  • Historians examine multiple sources to synthesize information as they would on a state test
  • Difficult vocabulary is hyperlinked to a definition 

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