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Timeline of Civil Rights through American History

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Required Time Frame
2 class periods
Grade Level(s)
Lesson Abstract
Students will be able to identify a few relevant Civil Rights issues AND how the president of that era confronted/handled/resolved the issue, along with causes/effects; then students will reveal how many issues of the past affect their own lives today and explain how.


Students will analyze primary documents/maps/cartoons/photos

Students will synthesize, in a summative format, their findings

Students will create a Google Slideshow (Civil Rights throughout the ages) to share.

Students will debrief by comparing/contrasting to their own lives today

Lesson Objectives - the student will

Analyze and evaluate primary documents relating to American Civil Rights throughout history and especially in your own town

Participate in small-group and class-wide discussion and discuss/compare/contrast their findings

Compare/contrast to their own life experiences

Extension activity:
Create a timeline with a brief summary of their primary doc/photo/etc.

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met

From the MO Show-Me Standards:

SS 2. continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world
SS 3. principles and processes of governance systems
SS 6. relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions
SS 7. the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)

Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed
1875, Grant
issue of nullification with Jackson
LBJ and Civil Rights
Little Rock Central
Brown v Board of Education

Fully describe the activity or assignment in detail. What will both the teacher and the students do?

Students will do their Welcome Work (Bell ringer) - “Ask students to make a comment on their Google Classroom Assignment and then add an educated reply to at least one of their peers. Opening Question - what does the term “Civil Rights” mean to you? Define Civil Rights? On Day TWO of this lesson you could ask the following for your Welcome Work (Bell Ringer) Give an example of Civil Rights? What is a Civil Right in Joplin which needs attention?