The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow A Century of Segregation
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Lesson Plan 4: The Jim Crow Years: People Who Made a Difference
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The four-episode series THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW tells much of the history of Jim Crow through the stories of several courageous individuals. In this lesson unit students will choose individuals highlighted in the series, investigate their backgrounds, and discuss their contributions to the struggle against Jim Crow.

Grade Level:
Grades 7-8

Time Allotment:
Five class periods

Subject Matter:
African American History, Jim Crow, Civil Rights

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:

  • Identify some of the key figures in the struggle against Jim Crow.
  • Understand how individual actions can affect the course of history.
  • Understand how personal actions are constrained by larger social or historical conditions.

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Technology Standard and Benchmarks

MCREL Standard 2, Level III (Grade 6-8)
Knows the common features and uses of desktop publishing software.

United States History Standard and Benchmarks

MCREL Standard 29, Level III (Grade 7-8)
Understands individual and institutional influences on the civil rights movement.

Historical Understanding Standard and Benchmarks

MCREL Standard 2, Level III (Grade 7-8)
Understands that specific individuals and the values those individuals held had an impact on history.

This lesson was prepared by: Thomas Thurston


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