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August 22, 2013

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington – Lesson Plan

By Syd Golston and Katie Gould, Teacher Resource Producer for NewsHour Extra

Subject

Civil Rights, Social Issues, Language Arts

Estimate Time

One 90 minute class period

Grade Level

Middle School and High School

Essential Question

Given the objectives of the March, how did the other speakers deal with the goals within their speech? Evaluate whether the goals were adequately addressed as a whole.

Warm Up Activities

  1. What do you know about the March?
  2. Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Main Activity

1. Goals of the March

  • Pass out the original program for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and ask students if they recognize any of the speakers from page 1.
  • Explain that besides Dr. King there were other very important people who spoke and organized the March. Explain that they will be put into small groups and will watch a short clip on the background of their leader and then listen to their leader’s speech from the March on Washington.
  • Before you split them into groups, as class go over the goals of the March found on page 3, titled “What We Demand”. Also hand out the “Goals of the March on Washington” work sheet and ask students to process the demands as goals.
  • Split students into four groups and assign each group a civil rights leader and do the following:
  1. Have them watch the short biography on their leader and write down any Key Biographical Information on their worksheet.
  2. Listen to the speech of their leader made at the March and write down and comment on any of the goals that were discussed during the speech. * You may need to pause the speech or listen to it several times to get all the information

Biographical Links

Links to Speeches

Have students come back together as a class and share the following information to each other:

  •  What goals did your speaker cover?
  •  How well were the goals addressed?
  • What did they not address?
  • Was there any particularly powerful part of the speech?

Extension Activities

  1. Essay- Evaluate one speech in terms of its effectiveness of addressing the goals of the March on Washington. Be sure to give background information on the speaker, and some contextual background for the speech and March on Washington.
  2. Two famous leaders Civil Rights Leaders, Bayard Rustin and Malcom X, attended the March, but were not asked to speak because of their radical backgrounds. Learn more about these dedicated and passionate men and their different views on how to create change.
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  • Common Core Standards

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    Relevant National Standards:
      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

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