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Cecil Poole: A Life in the LawA lesson designed for five 55 minute class periods in Law and Justice, U.S. History, and American Government courses. In this lesson students will read and discuss the biography, Cecil Poole: A Life in the Law, and create a study guide to accompany it. Working in teams, students will choose one section of the book (Segregation North and South, chapters 1 – 3, Whites, Blacks, and World War Two, chapter 4, The 1950s: Lawyers, the Courts, and Discrimination, chapters 5-7,The 1960s: Civil Rights and Social Movements, chapters 8 – 9) and give a class presentation; provide visual aids relevant to the period; and assist the teacher in conducting class discussion. They will also individually write a 500-word essay due at the end of the lesson that describes the social, political, and legal landscape in which Cecil Poole lived and worked and that may serve as part of a study guide to his biography. Students should rely primarily on the Poole biography for their essays, but may include information from other sources as well. Finally, students will engage in vocabulary activities that culminate in a quiz at the end of the lesson. Each class period is meant to explore the historical context within which this one man -- lawyer, activist, and judge – managed to make a difference in his society. By learning this history, students will gain insight into how individuals are shaped by the social order while having the opportunity, if times are right, to shape it in turn. In addition to the curriculum resources, our partners at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society are offering FREE copies of the book, Cecil Poole: A Life in the Law, to educators! Supply is limited, and books are released on a first-come, first-served basis. To get your class a copy of the book, please visit http://www.connectedcalifornia.org/law_and_justice_resources for the request forms.
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