The purpose of this lesson is to allow students to investigate the murder of the three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964 and to assess the positives and negatives, and evaluate how this event changed perceptions of people about the civil rights struggle.
Print, copy and distribute slides 4 – 9 to students. They will investigate the crime, form responses, and share with the students. To keep students from finding out on their own, you might have them put away their digital devices. For the group that gets closest to the actual event, you may offer a reward of some type.
Then, using a projector, review the real case with them. Portions of the readings are underlined for special emphasis.
Finally, review the current event comparison and discuss.
Ask students to fill out the exit slip. A great way to end class is to read from the exit slips and discuss.
This lesson was created with the American Experience website on the event and works well with the video on Freedom Summer.