Civil Rights Historical Investigations

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Civil Rights Historical Investigations

In this resource students trace the development of the civil rights movement in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s. They focus on three of the movement's major events: the murder and trial of Emmett Till, voter discrimination in the South, and the struggle over school desegregation in Boston. By analyzing primary documents, developing historical claims, and drawing connections to their own lives, students actively engage in this important history.

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This resource provides writing prompts and strategies that align Civil Rights Historical Investigations with the expectations of the Common Core State Standard.

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Students analyze the film The Murder of Emmett Till within a historical context of lynching and the early struggles against Jim Crow and racism.

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Examining the Choices People Made

Students analyze the choices made by individuals in the film The Murder of Emmett Till after building an understanding of the social context of the South in the 1950s.

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The Murder of Emmett Till

Emmett Till, a black boy from Chicago, didn’t realize he had broken Jim Crow laws in Mississippi by whistling at a white woman until it was too late.

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