This assignment poses the "Big Question" of “Which Government Action has been the Most Influential for Civil Rights in our Nation’s History?” Assignment is perfect to engage students in the branches of Government and the effect the branches had on the Civil Rights movement.
Students are challenged to research, develop and persuade their teacher, a Historian, on what Federal Law, Presidential act or Supreme Court case has been the most influential for Civil Rights in our history. This inquiry based assignment poses a question to students and gives a specified time limit for research and presentation. This lesson is designed to be started and completed in two-three class periods but alternative teaching methods are included to allow teachers to alter this assignment to fit your time needs and wants. Assignment would fit great in any Government, Civics, and U.S. History class.
Grading Rubrics, teaching suggestions, state standards, and links to websites provided in the product. Challenge your students to research, plan and present using the art of persuasion for global issues.
Potential Topics Include:
Supreme Court Civil Rights
Powell vs Alabama
Shelley vs. Kraemer
Heart of Atlanta Motel Inc. vs. U.S
Loving vs. Virginia
University of California vs. Baake
Grutter v. Bollinger
Obergefell v. Hodges (Gay Marriage)
Other Supreme Court cases if approved by teacher
President’s for Civil Rights:
John Quincy Adams
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Civil Rights Act of 1965
Voting Rights Act 1991
Civil Rights Act of 2004
1967 Age Discrimination Employment Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
Executive Order 9981
Executive Order 11246