The aim of this lesson is to allow pupils to explore the 1965 'Watts Riot' as a case study linking in with the era of 'Black Power'.
To start - have room ‘turned upside down’ – desks on sides – chairs turned over – information / interviews and pictures to be stuck around the room - hand pupils their investigation sheets as they walk in allow a certain amount of time to pass for pupils to lead their own learning here to discover what has happened, why, where, who and the outcome: Chips or paper money (print off) to be handed to pupils this can be exchanged for help from the teacher if they spend it however they lose a merit or sweets etc.. As a reward.
Pupils then define a riot and feedback their findings to the teacher who leads a discussion about the riots and other riots which took place during this time before linking this knowledge to interpreting a source of evidence form the riot.
Pupils are then introduced to the 'Kerner Report' which then allows pupils to demonstrate their knowledge with a judgment line activity about the impact of these riots upon the civil rights Movements. Video plenary which of modern day link riot which similarly took place in Ferguson, Missouri, 2014.
Peep sheet available for less able pupils: all video and sound clips are embedded into the presentation with further advice on running the lesson to be found in the description.