The lessons below aim to develop student research and writing skills through an examination of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 60’s in the United States. Authentic sources are given so students effectively practice the skills they learn and have real examples to work with. Audio recordings and videos are also included in certain lessons to make the content more engaging for students.
Students will evaluate claims about the naming of the Civil Rights Movement. They learn how to integrate information from diverse sources, evaluate premises and claims by corroborating or challenging against authoritative sources, evaluate explanations of events and and determine which explanations best accord with text evidence, and evaluating points of view, reasoning, and use of evidence in a speech.
- Making Inferences from Historical Texts
- Evaluating a Historian’s Point of View
- Corroborating Across Texts
Students will corroborate information about the spread of the Civil Rights Movement. They will learn to use advanced search methods, look at multiple sources in order to build an argument, use various multimedia sources in order to answer a question, and how to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each source in terms of task, purpose, and audience.
- Finding and Assessing Sources
- Integrating Multimedia Sources
- Evaluating Claims and Credibility
- Evaluating and Drawing Conclusions About Data