Engage your students in having them draw important connections between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s/60’s and grassroots movements taking place currently in the United States. This lesson will prompt students to analyze short documentary video clips that focus on five different contemporary grassroots movements:
1) Women’s March
3) Standing Rock
4) Black Lives Matter
5) Climate Change
With the corresponding video clips, students will fill out a provided T-chart that will identify the following aspects of each movement:
1) Cause of the movement
2) Group(s) involved
3) Desired Outcome/Changes
Two relevant, critical thinking activities follow that involve having students take their prior knowledge of the Civil Rights era (1950/60’s), and using a Venn diagram, compare this time period with current day grassroots movements. Afterwards, each group will discuss what issues are relevant and meaningful for them. Students are to choose an issue that they wish to see change, and then as a group, will create a poster that promotes their cause.
Time frame for lesson:
• 3-4 class periods (60 min)
• One 11 Slide PowerPoint
• Detailed lesson plan
• Printable Student Handouts:
1) HANDOUT #1- PowerPoint T-Chart
2) HANDOUT#2- Venn Diagram
3) HANDOUT#3- Grading Rubrics
* Word documents have been provided with this lesson in effort to give the teacher flexibility in modifying the lesson.
Students will have already learned about the Civil Rights era. This lesson serves as a critical thinking extension activity that encourages students to draw connections to contemporary grass roots movements & the Civil Rights movement.
Civil Rights Movement, current events, grassroots, racism, controversy, poster, Trump