Unit 2: Life in Plains, GA

This Unit 2: Life in Plains, GA unit also includes:

What effect does a president's childhood have on his policies?  Classes consider the question as they examine evidence from Jimmy Carter's childhood experiences with segregation in the second of a 19-part The President's Travels series. Pupils consider the influence of Jim Crow laws and what impact coming of age during the Civil Rights movement had on Carter. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use one of several of the included lessons to examine the daily life of Jimmy Carter growing up in the segregated South
  • Have budding historians create a timeline of national events to see how Jimmy Carter's life intersects with history
Classroom Considerations

  • The unit plan includes ideas for learners in grades 2 through 12
  • The segregation simulation activity may not be appropriate for all classrooms
  • Unit tries to establish comparisons between Martin Luther King Jr. and Carter that may imply the men worked together

  • Intriguing primary sources such as Carter's handwritten report card engage students
  • Ample worksheets and supporting documents make the unit easy to use in class
  • Background information included in the lesson plan, so no additional research needed

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  • Some links do not work, but the lesson plan is still usable