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These series of 10 lessons have been designed to fit into the National Curriculum scheme of work under a study of world history such as the USA in the 20th Century with its interconnections with other world developments and campaigns for Civil Rights.
All the lessons come with suggested teaching strategies and differentiated materials. The 10 lessons are broken down into the following:
1) Was Abraham Lincoln the Great Emancipator?
As the students study one of the great American Presidents and his granting of freedom to the slaves in America, they soon realise that his intentions may not be all that they seem and have the chance to question his character and beliefs.
2) The Jim Crow Laws
Students learn how these laws segregated black people in America and analyse how inherent and established they were throughout American society.
3) The Little Rock Nine
This lesson focuses on the problems on the road to Civil Rights, particularly with education. Little Rock High School in Arkansas and the injustice of the Governor there brought the State much unwelcome publicity as many of its inhabitants at the time were unwilling to share their education system with black people.
4) Emmett Till
The tragedy of Emmett Till with his senseless killing and the fact that his killers admitting to the crime years afterwards strikes a cord with many students over how unfair the divisions and racism were in the deep south of America in the 1950’s.
5) Rosa Parks
This lessons analyses the significance of Rosa Parks to the Civil Rights Movement and how far she inspired attitudes and a determination from the black community to change their status.
6) How could you protest?
Students learn the different but passive ways black people resisted their white persecutors from sit ins, to music, to freedom rides and boycotts, to finally assess their impact overall on the Civil Rights Movement.
7) Martin Luther King
This lesson focuses on Martin Luther King’s significance to the Civil Rights Movement as students evaluate the importance of key parts of his life from prison, to boycotts and his famous speeches.
8) Malcolm X
This lesson can be used as a great contrast to the peaceful actions of Martin Luther King. Students study Malcolm X’s background and upbringing and evaluate his impact with a more confrontational approach to gaining Civil Rights.
9) The influence of the KKK
This lesson introduces the students to the ideas and philosophy of the KKK and how they used their racist beliefs to intimidate the black community in America. The lesson also questions what impact if any they had on Civil Rights Movement.
10) What obstacles do African Americans still face today?
The final lesson concludes by judging how far black people in America have come since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Case studies include Rodney King, Ahmed Amadou Diallo and James Byrd as well as the athlete Michael Johnson, Beyonce Knowles and former President Barak Obama.