The Road to Civil Rights

Lesson Plan

Discover the people, groups, and events behind the Civil Rights Movement. Learn about means of non-violent protest, opposition to the movement, and identify how it took all three branches of the federal government to effect change. Protest posters, fictional diary entries, and a map of the movement's major events develop a greater understanding of the struggle for civil rights.

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Students will be able to...

  • Describe the processes that led to the expansion of rights for African Americans.
  • Identify the role of the three branches of government in establishing and protecting rights.
  • Describe methods that civil rights activists used to protest segregation.
  • Identify individuals and groups that influenced the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Explain the significance of civil rights Supreme Court cases: Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia, Bailey v. Patterson, Heart of Atlanta v. US.
  • explain the significance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1968, the 24th Amendment, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act.