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Teaching the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Location: Alabama    Grade Level: 10-12
A collection of lessons, books, and films for teaching outside the textbook about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
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South African Unions Struggle for Justice

Location: South Africa    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
This lesson invites students to imagine themselves as black union activists at the height of the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s and poses them problems that confronted real-life organizers at the time.
20 May 1963, Jackson, Mississippi, USA --- Medgar Evers, state NAACP field secretary, speaks about race relations during a television broadcast. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Teaching About Race and the Media

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Readings related to the reporting in the 1950s and 60s in regards to the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi with a protocol to engage participants in a discussion.
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A Documents-Based Lesson on the Voting Rights Act: A Case Study of SNCC's work in Lowndes County and the Emergence of Black Power

Location: National, Alabama    Grade Level: 10-12, Adult
Readings by Ella Baker, John Hullet, John Lewis, and more help students explore how SNCC and the struggle for voting rights in Lowndes County are connected to the development of the Black Panther Party.
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Teaching About Nonviolence and Self-Defense

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Reading and discussion strategy for short text by Charles Cobb Jr. on nonviolence and self-defense in the Civil Rights Movement.
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Gallery Walk on the History of Education in Mississippi Through the Lens of Race

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Gallery walk on the history of education and race in Mississippi.
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Big Shoes to Fill

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Community building activity based on the prompt, "in whose shoes am I walking."
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Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12
Lesson on the history and challenges of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at Atlantic City in 1964.
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‘What We Want, What We Believe’: Teaching with the Black Panthers’ Ten Point Program

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson plan using the Black Panther's Ten Point Program to help students assess issues in their own communities and to develop Ten Point Programs of their own. By Wayne Au, Rethinking Schools.
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“A School Year Like No Other”: Eyes on the Prize: “Fighting Back: 1957-1962″

Location: Arkansas    Grade Level: 7-9
Lesson highlighting the Little Rock 9 students whose determination led the way for desegregation in schools. By Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools.
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A Revolution of Values

Location: National, New York    Grade Level: 7-9
Text of speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War, followed by three teaching ideas.
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Warriors Don’t Cry: Connecting History, Literature, and Our Lives

Location: Arkansas    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Role play and writing activities for language arts and social studies on the Little Rock Nine, Brown v. Board, and schooling in general. By Linda Christensen, Rethinking Schools.
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Exploring the History of Freedom Schools

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
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Movers and Movements: Fighting for Social Justice in South Africa

Location: South Africa    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
Lesson on the South African freedom struggle for middle and high school students.
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Murder Mystery: Shining a Light on the Story that the Newspapers Left Out

Location: National, Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson on the murder of voting rights activist Herbert Lee and witness Louis Allen.
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Radical Vision

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson to introduce students to the speeches and work of Dr. King beyond “I have a dream.”
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Women Make History: An Untold Story of the Civil Rights Movement

Location: National    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12
Lesson that highlights the importance of women in the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for social justice.
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Meet Medgar Evers: Introduction to the Southern Freedom Movement

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 7-9, 10-12, Adult
This role play introduces students to the life and legacy of Medgar Evers and the voting rights struggle in the 1950s and 60s.
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History Detectives: Voting Rights in Mississippi, 1964

Location: Mississippi    Grade Level: 10-12
Lesson based on primary documents from the voting rights struggle in Mississippi.