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Civil Rights

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Civil rights activists began direct action during the 1950s and 1960s to win constitutional rights for African Americans. Students should list important civil rights leaders they encounter through the course. Then, choose a leader and write a biographical sketch of him or her.  Use the text and other sources for information. Students should include the following information in their sketches. 

  • What event or situation caused the leader to become involved in the civil rights movement?

  • What were the leaders's major contributions to the movement?

  • What were the effects of those contributions?

  • How did the American people react to the leader's efforts?

The student will be required to turn in their biographical sketch and give an oral report about the leader they have chosen in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: Taking on Segregation


Students will identify Thurgood Marshall, Brown v Board of Education, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and sit-in. 

Students will examine the effects of apartheid-segregation in South Africa.

Students will summarize the effects of the Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson. 

Students will examine the lives and contributions of Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Students will examine how the events during World War II lay the groundwork for African Americans to fight for civil rights. 

Students will analyze the central issue raised in the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. 

Students will explain why schools weren't desegregated immediately in all regions after the Brown decision. 

Students will analyze how the Little Rock desegregation was a victory for African Americans. 

Students will identify the factors that contributed to the success of the Montgomery bus boycott.  

Students will summarize the central points of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's philosophy.

Students will contrast the different tactics used by the student protesters from SNCC and the boycotters in Montgomery.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 863.

2) Read pages 864 - 870 in course textbook.

3) Start your course project. 

Session 2: The Triumphs of a Crusade


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify freedom rider, James Meredith, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Freedom Summer, Robert Moses, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Voting Rights Act of 1966.

Students will examine what the freedom riders hoped to achieve.

Students will explain why civil rights organizers asked their supporters to march on Washington. 

Students will summarize the major civil rights acts of the 1950s and 1960s

Students will explain why civil rights groups organized Freedom Summer.

Students will examine why young people in the SNCC and the MFDF felt betrayed by some of the civil rights leaders.

Students will compare the ways the civil rights campaign in Selma was similar to the one in Birmingham.  


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 870.

2) Read pages 871 - 879 in course textbook.

3) Complete Interact with History projects on page 879.

4) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session.

Session 3: Challenges and Changes in the Movement


Students will review their homework, present their Interact with History project and course project. 

Students will identify de facto segregation, de jure segregation, Malcolm X, Nation of Islam, Stokely Carmichael, Black Powder, Black Panthers, Kerner Commission, and Civil Rights Act of 1968. 

Students will summarize some of the causes of urban rioting in the 1960s.

Students will examine the lives and contributions of Malcolm X. 

Students will contrast the ideas of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students will explain why some of the leaders of SNCC disagreed with SCLC tactics. 

Students will examine why the public reaction to the Black Panthers was mixed.

Students will analyze how the civil rights movement affected northern cities.

Students will summarize some of the major accomplishments of the civil rights movement.

Students will analyze what challenges still face the nation in the area of civil rights. 

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