Teaching Guide

Please refer to the module Teaching Guide for additional information.

Lesson summary
Instructional use
Pre-lesson activity
Standards covered by this lesson
Selected bibliography
Assessment

Lesson summary

This lesson tells the story of segregation and the Constitution from 1846 to 1964. It uses multiple perspectives to highlight important legal cases that shaped the cause of civil rights for over 100 years. The cases include Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Brown v. Board of Education. The narrators of this lesson are civil rights leaders, Supreme Court justices, and politicians. The story emphasizes the 14th and 15th Amendments.

Instructional use

This lesson includes multiple voices and would be an excellent choice for involving students in reading aloud as different characters. Use a projector to display the lesson to the classroom and have students take turns reading different parts, such as Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, or Martin Luther King, Jr.

For other instructional use scenarios refer to the module Teaching Guide.

Pre-lesson activity

It is recommended that teachers preview the lesson to identify concepts that may need to be reviewed before students begin. Concepts include slavery, civil rights, and discrimination. Teachers may also wish to create a vocabulary/spelling list for terms found in this lesson.

Teachers may also wish to review the biographies of the historical figures studied in the lesson to provide anecdotal or secondary information. It would also be helpful to review the historical period discussed in the lesson (1846-1964).

The selection of Web Links have excellent examples of primary source documents and images for familiarizing your students with the issues covered by this lesson. Teachers are strongly encouraged to use these with their students!

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Standards covered by this lesson

Refer to the module Teaching Guide for list a Language Arts goals covered by all WebDocent lessons.

Grades 7-8 Social Science and American History

Illinois State Goal 14

Understand, analyze, and compare political systems with an emphasis on the United States.
  
Illinois State Goal 15

Understand, analyze, and compare economic systems with an emphasis on the United States.

Illinois State Goal 16

Understand and analyze events, trends, individuals, and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States, and other nations.

Illinois State Goal 18

Understand, analyze, and compare social systems with an emphasis on the United States.

Selected bibliography


A bibliography is forthcoming. For web resources, refer to the Web Links page.

Assessment

Refer to the module Teaching Guide for an explanation of the online journal for assessment purposes.

See the Additional Activities page for ideas for extending the lesson offline.

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