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In this lesson plan, students examine and analyze uses of mass media during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s & 60s, determining what was used, the media's effectiveness during this period, etc. Students will also compare and contrast the use of media during this period with the use of media in civil rights reporting in the present-day.
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Beth, I think your lesson is great. It asks students to think about some seriously important questions related to the mass media's affect on social movements. Coupled perhaps with the Vietnam War, he Civil Rights Movement is probably the quintessential example of how the media itself can shape the discourse in such a way as to actually affect the outcome. Your lesson plan asks these questions in a direct way.
If I were to make any changes, they would be relatively minor. I might ask students to draw connections to specific past events - the 'coverage' of the women's suffrage movement, for example, or the localist debates of the Civil War. There's a lot of potential here to compare and contrast regional and national cultures. I might also tailor the questions on the worksheet to be more specific to each event. Again, however, these are minor suggestions to improve an already great lesson.