Civil Rights - Death of Emmett Till (Reading, Song Analysis, Assignment, etc.) - This 14 page Civil Rights teaching package centers on the death of Emmett Till in 1955 and the impact it had on the overall Civil Rights Movement. The package comes with a series of resources, including: a detailed and engaging reading on the life and death of Emmett Till, a set of analysis questions related to the reading, a song analysis and discussion guide for the Bob Dylan protest song The Death of Emmett Till, a writing assignment on the impact and legacy of the death of Emmett Till in regards to the overall Civil Rights Movement. The package includes all necessary rubrics, teacher keys and web links for additional research.
The one-page reading is detailed and centers on the events that led to the death of Emmett Till in 1955. As well, it detailed the trial and brief aftermath of the death of Emmett Till.
The analysis questions require students to think critically and focus on the issue of the Jim Crow Laws and the role they played in the death of Emmett Till. As well, the questions also highlight the injustice of the trial that resulted from the death of Emmett Till. The questions also include a short article on the legacy of the death of Emmett Till and the role it played in the overall Civil Rights Movement. Students can use the article to help them in their assessment of the lasting impact of the death of Emmett Till and the Civil Rights Movement.
The song analysis includes a set of discussion questions to the 1963 Bob Dylan protest song "The Death of Emmett Till". The resource includes a link to the lyrics and video of the song for use in the classroom and requires students to analyze the song for its message and connection to the history of the death of Emmett Till and the Civil Rights Movement. This is a great discussion activity that will help foster collaboration, critical thinking and analysis skills.
The resource concludes with a writing assignment in which students will complete a paragraph response wherein they will analyze the legacy and impact of the death of Emmett Till on the overall Civil Rights Movement. Students will need to consider the historical significance of the death of Emmett Till and how it helped advance Civil Rights. The writing assignment includes a rubric for ease of assessment.
The whole resource includes a teacher key/guide for ease of use and for extension with includes web links.
This is an excellent tool for use when learning about the Civil Rights and the death of Emmett Till. It will make a great addition to your Civil Rights unit of study and will engage students!