Newly revised: Includes leveled scripts and vocabulary Power Point.
Memorizing dates and names fails to engage higher level thinking skills but these 7 scripts of actual civil rights cases will. The historically accurate scripts in this 64 page packet can be used individually or together to make history come alive while honing reading fluency and comprehension. Students can feel the tension and become emotionally and intellectually involved in these events as historical figures become real people with real problems.
In most cases actual names and some wording from trial transcripts is used, although the majority of the text is student friendly and changes some of the obscure legal terms and references even adults might find confusing.
Both .PDF and Word.doc versions are available for each script AND each script has two versions that can be assigned based on reading level. The advanced scripts contain historical and legal language and range from 4.5 to 9.1 on the Flesch-Kincaid scale. Basic scripts use less technical language and have been modernized for readers between 3.5 and 6.0 on the same scale.
Included are Brown vs. The Board of Education, Plessy vs. Ferguson, The Dredd Scott Case, The Kentucky Trolley Car Case, Elkison vs. the Negro Sailors Act, and the trials of Margaret Douglas and Captain Jonathan Walker.
A Jigsaw style lesson plan with discussion questions, a compare and contrast activity, a copy of a primary document concerning Margaret Douglas’ trial, online games, links to additional resources and a 25 slide vocabulary Power Point are included.
This is part of the American History readers theater bundle
35 scripts, 100+ pages
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