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Ch 19: Civil Rights Movements in America: Middle School Lesson Plans

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The Civil Rights Movements in America chapter of this course is designed to help you plan lessons and teach about 20th century African American, student and women's movements in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Civil Rights Movements in America chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayPresident Lyndon B. Johnson: Domestic AgendaCivil Rights Act of 1964, Great Society and Voting Rights Act of 1965
TuesdayCivil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s Segregation in America; key civil rights actions and leaders, including the Freedom Rides, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks
WednesdayThe 24th Amendment and changes in American cultureThe right to vote and the passage of the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; definition, lifestyle and politics of the counterculture
ThursdayStudent movements of the 1960s and Events of 1968 Rise of the New Left, including student opposition to the Vietnam War and social positions; historical events of 1968, including the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday Women's and other social movementsRe-emergence of the women's right movement in the 1960s, including the different types of feminism and leaders; farmer, Native American and Mexican American rights movements

10 Lessons in Chapter 19: Civil Rights Movements in America: Middle School Lesson Plans
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President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

1. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

The Great Society was an ambitious legislative program which attempted to eliminate poverty and racial inequity within the United States. Learn about the creation of the program, its endeavors and its ultimate legacy.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

2. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

The 1950s witnessed a rejuvenation of the civil rights movement. Learn about the transformation of the movement, its important events and the impact it had on the 1960s.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

3. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was an extension of the progress made during the 1950s. Learn about the movement's landmark achievements, its fracturing and its legacies.

The 24th Amendment: Description, Ratification & Impact

4. The 24th Amendment: Description, Ratification & Impact

In this lesson, we will learn about the 24th Amendment. We will examine what provisions it set forth, the background behind it, and the impact it has had.

Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy

5. Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy

The 1960s were a period of tension and turbulence for much of the U.S. The counterculture attempted to promote an alternative lifestyle that encouraged peace, love and freedom. Learn more about its origins, beliefs and legacy.

The Student Movement of the 1960s

6. The Student Movement of the 1960s

The societal disillusion felt by the younger generation of the 1950s was translated into a massive student movement during the 1960s. Learn about the formation of the movement, its campaigns and its inevitable end.

1968: The Year that Changed the Nation

7. 1968: The Year that Changed the Nation

The year of 1968 was a year of war in Southeast Asia, domestic clashes over racial equality and war and fallen leaders, including Dr. King and Robert Kennedy. Learn more about the year that changed the nation in this video lesson.

The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the US

8. The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the US

The women's movement of the 1960s ushered in a new wave of feminism that sought to address the national issues of gender. Learn about the movement, its leaders and the ultimate outcome for women in the United States.

Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

9. Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

The 1960s represented a decade of dissent in America. While there were large social campaigns throughout the nation, the goal of this lesson is to recognize smaller activist movements involving Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and the environment.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Biography, Facts & Quotes

10. Martin Luther King Jr.: Biography, Facts & Quotes

This lesson takes you on a journey of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. Martin Luther King, Jr. was perhaps the most influential leader of the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.

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