High School Lesson Plans
These lesson plans have been developed specifically for high school students.
Lesson Plans By SC Educators
This website examines the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Selma to Montgomery Marches, and the 1963 Birmingham Demonstrations, to see how the media was instrumental in drawing attention to the plight of African-Americans during this time.
Where is the Love?
This lesson uses primary sources to understand the historical context of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” and Nelson Mandela’s “Glory and Hope” speeches.
Civil Rights Document Based Question
Students will study the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. and analyze primary source documents addressing the following questions: How were African Americans denied equal rights? What steps did individuals and groups take to fight for civil rights? What steps did the United States government take in the fight for civil rights?
Civil Discourse: Respecting Diverse Beliefs and Opinions in a Partisan Society
Students will read “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and will participate in a variety of activities using Primary Sources to discuss race, sex, religion, gender, and socio-economic bias and prejudice.
Library of Congress Civil Rights Lesson Plans
In this lesson, students use the collection’s Timeline of African American History, 1852-1925 to identify problems and issues facing African Americans immediately after Reconstruction.
Students identify problems and issues facing African-Americans immediately after Reconstruction using text based sources.
Students explore racism in the United States, both in and out of sports. The lesson focuses primarily on race relations in the 1950s.
Students use primary sources focused on baseball to explore the American experience regarding race and ethnicity.
Students gain a sense of the living history that surrounds the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Students may better grasp how historical events and human forces have shaped relationships between black and white, and rich and poor cultures of our country.
Examine the tension experienced by African-Americans as they struggled to establish a vibrant and meaningful identity based on the promises of liberty and equality in the midst of a society that was ambivalent towards them and sought to impose an inferior definition upon them.