Civil Rights Movement


  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Progressives Civil Rights



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SOC.11.US.11.10.2: History-Social Science

Examine and analyze the key events, policies, and court cases in the evolution of civil rights, including Dred Scott v. Sandford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, and California Proposition 209.

SOC.11.US.11.10.4: History-Social Science

Examine the roles of civil rights advocates (e.g., A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, Thurgood Marshall, James Farmer, Rosa Parks), including the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and "I Have a Dream" speech.

SOC.11.US.11.10.5: History-Social Science

Discuss the diffusion of the civil rights movement of African Americans from the churches of the rural South and the urban North, including the resistance to racial desegregation in Little Rock and Birmingham, and how the advances influenced the agendas, strategies, and effectiveness of the quests of American Indians, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans for civil rights and equal opportunities.

SOC.11.US.11.10.6: History-Social Science

Analyze the passage and effects of civil rights and voting rights legislation (e.g., 1964 Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act of 1965) and the Twenty-Fourth Amendment, with an emphasis on equality of access to education and to the political process.
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2013-05-27.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a lesson plan that covers a wide range of topics about the Civil Rights Movement. Highlights include warm-up questions which engage the students to think about their own experiences with unequal treatment, case-studies of key topics (Brown vs. Board, Voting Rights Act, etc.), and an analysis and discussion focused on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. The lesson plan provides detailed procedures and objectives but does not include the materials to implement the lesson. Case studies and student handouts would need to created to support some of the activities.

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