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Lesson Plan & PowerPoint presentation on the use of mass media during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s & 60s.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2013-12-31.
Great lesson topic- I'm sure it probably wouldn't occur to most seventh graders who have grown up in the age of mass media how much the advent of something like television could have changed the cultural landscape when it came to race relations- I think that last video clip you added to the PP really explained that quite well.
Looking over your lesson plan, I think you've done a nice job of selecting images and asking the right questions to guide students' responses to those images. I was also coming up with a lot of great extensions of this lesson as I was reading through it; the first thing I wanted to was to add to the existing PP to include a compare/contrast section with a modern civil rights movement such as Occupy Wall Street or gay marriage rights, but then I saw that you've pretty much covered that with your closing activity and probably in a more effective fashion than what I was imagining. If I was to co-opt this lesson for my own purposes, I might just add a brief "juxtaposition with modern-day coverage of Occupy Wall Street" section near the end of the PP to preview the independent closing activity. Another idea I came up with (or actually sort of stole from a social studies teacher of mine) would to preview the lesson itself by having the students come into class with seat assignments that separate the white students from the minority students. I know alot of teacher probably wouldn't be comfortable with that, but having experienced that scenario as a student I can attest to the fact that the impact was powerful once we realized what was going on. After a quick debriefing, you could then let them return to their regular seats or whatever, but I think it's a useful strategy in terms of causing this issue to really hit home with students. Excellent lesson, and best of luck net year and beyond!
I like the objectives being achieved in this lesson. I think it is important for students to understand the effect the media has on societal values and even personal opinions. Showing images and clips from the Civil Rights Movement gives students a good comparison and because this is not a current event, they will be more likely to be able to analyze the purposes of a specific selection since they are not directly or indirectly involved in the situation.
I think that this activity should include more collaboration though. I especially think the main activity should have some type of group component. Most students are more likely to participate in conversation during a small group discussion rather than a class discussion. I think students could go more in depth in a smaller group discussion as long as the teacher is effectively facilitating any groups that may be having difficulty.
This is a very straight forward lesson plan that asks students to write down their own opinions in a way that pushes them to interact more with the different types of media that they are shown. The worksheet is fairly comprehensive in what it asks students to write about as well, but I feel that somewhere during the lesson the teacher should model the types of responses that he or she expects to students to produce. Students are likely to give short, terse, and probably vague answers so the more specific and detailed the answer the better for the teacher to see what the students are getting from this lesson. It also might be best, for this lesson, to give relative time intervals for each activity so that teachers can get an estimate on how long to allow a discussion, for example, to go on instead of just saying to end discussion when it reaches a satisfactory conclusion.
I am fine with having students write an essay about this topic since it enforces the idea that the student needs to use their own thoughts and opinions for this topic. But I hope that such an essay isn't too much of a burden on students and feel that you might want to include a recommended time period for how long student's should be given to write the essay for a teacher to consider.
Beth, I really like your lesson on media used during the Civil Rights compared to today. The methods you chose really seemed to compliment the lesson. However, I would of liked to see some sort of student-interaction. I understand why you would want them to complete the worksheet by themselves (which they can still do), but I think that perhaps a think-pair-share would work well in this part of the lesson. The students could complete the worksheet with their own answers, and then share with a fellow peer. Students LOVE sharing with peers (they are still allowed to write their OWN thoughts, but with this approach are allowed to SHARE them with at least one another person). This could be as quick as 3 minutes and not take up all your instruction time.
I love that you include visuals in your lesson, I think that is very important for visual learners. It really lets them visualize what people witnessed during this time saw.