This lesson was developed
as part of the Louisiana Department of Education Content Standards.
This lesson is intended to
develop students' understanding of America in the 1950s and
1960s. The Civil Rights Movement was at its prime during this
period and many prominent African Americans took stand for the rights
they believed in. Also, this lesson was developed to increase
computer skills and literacy.
This lesson is ideal for
an eleventh grade American History class. It can be altered and
used in other secondary subjects such as English.
Prior to beginning this
lesson, students need to have a general idea of the struggles and
oppressions that African Americans have faced up to this time
period. They need to understand that their America did not always
have a justice system that was fair to all. Explaining and
over viewing such topics as Jim Crowe laws, the grandfather clause,
separate but equal, Plessy vs. Fergusson and Brown vs. Topeka would
benefit students going into this lesson.
Studies Standards/ Objectives Addressed:
The Learner will:
leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and describe major issues and
past and present
events or ideas in U.S. history, demonstrating
awareness of differing
political, social, or economic context (H-1A-H1)
various means of
achieving equality of political rights (e.g., civil disobedience vs.
Skills encouraged by this lesson include
creative thinking, creative production, creative writing, and creative