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Eyes on the Prize offers important lessons about the power of ordinary citizens to shape democracy. This study guide provides teachers with an invaluable resource that brings this landmark television documentary into the classroom and ensures its legacy in the education of our students. The guide provides a framework for using the series in classrooms, important primary sources, and guiding questions to help teachers bring the history of the civil rights movement alive.
Using the guide, students will engage with the stories of everyday Americans who challenged their government and communities to live up to their promises of equality and justice. By examining such issues as the power of civic participation in a democratic society, the role of non-violence in social movements, the importance of voting rights, the tensions between state and local control, and the role of the courts in addressing injustice, students will explore the fundamental tenets of our democracy and think about their power to make a difference today.
The Eyes on the Prize series can be found through Kanopy (a streaming service provided by public libraries) and Amazon Prime.
Students explore the potential negative impact of images through the social media protest #IfTheyGunnedMeDown and develop a decision-making process for choosing imagery to represent controversial events.
Students examine how identity and biases can impact how individuals interpret images and experience the challenge of selecting images to represent news events, particularly connected to sensitive issues.
Students establish a safe space for holding sensitive conversations, before introducing the events surrounding Ferguson, by acknowledging people's complicated feelings about race and creating a classroom contract.
Students explore the role of social media in Ferguson, apply information verification strategies to social media posts, and develop strategies for becoming critical consumers and sharers of social media.
Students evaluate the differences among news accounts about Ferguson, develop strategies for verifying news and information, and understand the challenges facing journalists as they cover complex, fast-moving events.
Help students become informed and effective civic participants in today's digital landscape. This unit is designed to develop students' critical thinking, news literacy, civic engagement, and social-emotional skills and competencies.