As a culminating assignment students will examine common perceptions of the Civil Rights Movement and create an educational tool to inform others about the international dimensions of the African American Freedom Struggle and its central theme of human rights. Students will choose one of three quotes to guide their project's focus.
In this lesson students create an African American Freedom Struggle timeline and map on a classroom wall and apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to the timelineâ€™s events. The lessonâ€™s purpose is to transform the traditional understanding of the "Civil Rights Movement" as a domestic movement for political rights to an understanding of it as a struggle for human rights that is connected to struggles including political freedom, human dignity, and economic stability for marginalized and oppressed people around the world.
In this lesson students analyze three primary source documents from the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1950â€™s and 1960â€™s. The first document is from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and encourages students to examine the goals of the march through a human rights framework. The second and third documents provide examples of the relationship between the human rights struggles in the United States and in South Africa.
In this lesson, students will create a mock hearing and investigation. This simulation allows students to examine the human rights violations within the United States during the 1950â€™s and 1960â€™s, viewpoints of African American leaders of the time, and review the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This exercise also serves as a model for potential investigations of current violations. Students will run the hearing, present various viewpoints, and act as journalists reporting on the investigation.
In this lesson plan from the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, students will explore how the goals of the Civil Rights Movement are part of a global movment for human rights in the 20th century and beyond.
In this five part lesson plan from the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, students will consider the essential question, "How can everyday people organize to transform a community?" Students will investigate five different lessons related to community activity during the Civil Rights Movement, culminating in a final project.
In this lesson plan from the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, students will explore the global connection between the United States' civil rights movement and international momvements for human rights, such as ending apartheid in South Africa. Students will examine the roots and meaning of Human Rights Day.
In this lesson plan from the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, students will explore the role African American youth played in the struggle for justice and equality. This lesson examines how ordinary people made contributions to the movement.
From the Standford University Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, this lesson, Love and Faith, introduces students to the music and poetry of the modern African American Freedom Struggle and challenges them to create their own creative works.
This website offers guidance to students who wish to become more cohesive in their choices as choreographers. Richard Powers from Stanford University provides guidance to dancers so that they may consider every aspect of the choreographic process and how best to achieve success. Teachers may use this source as a precursor to choreography projects and to create a rubric for the product.