This unit is designed for students to learn about and explore the Civil Rights Movement in the United States with a goal of developing empathy for different groups. Civil rights is an ongoing issue that people should be aware about and have an understanding of the need for equality for all. The Civil Rights Movement is a great way for students to explore these rights and understand what groups of people went through to strive for their rights.
The goal is that students will empathize with those who are marginalized and to understand their role in striving to end discrimination. After completing this unit, students will be able to empathize more with the ongoing struggle for basic freedoms.
This unit plan has subtopics that students/small groups can choose from to focus on: women’s rights, African American rights, American Indian rights, Mexican American rights. It is suggested that each group of three will choose three activities from each of the four categories, but can be modified to fit your needs. Students can explore each subtopic over the course of the unit. At the end of the unit, each group will have a final project that they can present what they have learned to the class.
Students will engage in a variety of multimedia activities to facilitate learning. Students will engage in group collaboration with opportunities for socialization as well as independent tasks to tackle on their own, with group support as needed. Students will be able to explore their learning needs through a variety of learning experiences and modes of learning.
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