Teaching the Civil Rights Unit
Whitney Point School District
Printer Friendly Version
Printer Friendly Quizzes
Grade Level: Grade 8
Time Allocation: 10 days
Overall Objective: To make the students familiar with the movement for civil rights that was undertaken by the African-American minority in the 1950s and 1960s. The students will be able to:
- Explain the need for a Civil Rights Movement.
- Describe the constitutional basis for a civil rights movement.
- Describe 4 key events in the movement and 4 key individuals.
- Discuss how the different events in the civil rights movement led to legislation that furthered the cause of civil rights.
- Perceive, on their own, how the civil rights movement is not over.
- Understand how different individuals, groups and events hurt the movement for civil rights.
- Make the students aware of the need for a Civil Rights Movement
- Review Segregation in the post-Reconstruction South.
- Introduce the Bridge project.
- Hand out the Alabama Literacy Test and
the students have 8 minutes to complete this exam and can only miss two.
- Explain the purpose of the exam
- Critical Question: Did African-Americans have equal rights?
- Question the students about post-Reconstruction South and Jim Crow?
- Pass out Guides and discuss how a bridge works.
The students must complete the first note
Getting students acquainted with the 1st, 14th, and 15th Ammendments,
and the Brown V. Board of Education decision.
- In small groups read the documents (1st, 14th and 15th Amendments, and the Brown V. Board of Education decision) and highlight the important points in each.
- Have each group present one aspect about one document.
The students must complete the second note
Day 3 and 4
The students will discover and describe four civil rights events.
In the library the students will research 4 different civil rights events and
write a summary for each answering who, what, where, when and how
- Montgomery Bus Boycott
- Intergration of Schools... Little Rock Arkansas
- Freedom Rides
- March on Washington, 1963
The students must complete the third note
Day 5 and 6
The students will understand the struggle faced in gaining civil rights in 1965 and 1965.
- Watch the Eyes on the Prize Video... "Bridge to Freedom."
- Write a letter to their parents describing one event from the film.
The students must complete the fourth note
The students will recognize the important victories in the civil rights movement and the continuing process.
The students will write a summary for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act, 1965, using the Mobile Lab to research and write.
The students must complete the last note
Day 8, 9 and 10
The students will demonstrate their knowledge of the civil rights movement.
- The student will choose one of the two civil rights quizzes to
- The students, in small groups, will create a DBQ exam for the Civil Rights Movement.
- Brainstorm task question.
- Assign questions to different groups to find documents.
- Collate exams.
Bridge Builders Guide
Photo Gallery and Student Notes
Certificate Program | Graduate Courses | Special
Summer Workshops | After-School Workshops
About Us | Staff | Links | Contact Us