Quick summary: In this Finding Out lesson, students will explore civil rights, with a specific focus on the African American civil rights movement in the United States of America. They will use a ‘Think-Pair- Share’ visible thinking routine to explore their understanding of what civil rights are. The class will discuss a definition of the concept, with a focus on the differences and similarities with human rights. The class will analyse images relating to the reaction to desegregation in the USA, and respond to a set of prompts about them. Students will then research and organise into chronological order a set of key events within the USA civil rights movement. Students will dig deeper into key figures and events in the fight for civil rights, and create a set of exhibits for a class gallery walk. They will then reflect on their new understanding using a ‘Here Now/There Then’ visible thinking routine.
- How did people campaign for civil rights?
- What is the connection between civil rights and rights and freedoms?
21st Century skills: Team Work, Empathy, Communicating, Cultural Understanding.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 10 History:
- The US civil rights movement and its influence on Australia (ACDSEH105)
- Use chronological sequencing to demonstrate the relationship between events and developments in different periods and places (ACHHS182)
- Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past (ACHHS190)
Syllabus outcomes: HT5-2, HT5-7.
General capabilities: Literacy.
Relevant parts of year 10 achievement standards: Students refer to key events, the actions of individuals and groups, and beliefs and values to explain patterns of change and continuity over time. They analyse the causes and effects of events and developments and explain their relative importance. They explain the context for people’s actions in the past. Students explain the significance of events and developments from a range of perspectives. Students sequence events and developments within a chronological framework, and identify relationships between events across different places and periods of time. They process, analyse and synthesise information from a range of primary and secondary sources and use it as evidence to answer inquiry questions. Students analyse sources to identify motivations, values and attitudes.
Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards:
Topic: Human Rights.
Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 10.
Time required: 180 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – support students through interactive activities and facilitate discussions.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video and webpage to the class. Student web-enabled devices (enough for one between two). Civil Rights Timeline Cards. USA Civil Rights Gallery Walk Research Guide. Gallery Walk student notes, printed, one per student. Poster paper OR devices to create digital presentation (for gallery walk activity).
Keywords: rights, freedoms, civil rights, protest, people power.
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