Lesson Plan: Online Resources for Historical Analysis

Lesson Plan: Online Resources for Historical Analysis

Creator: Christina Lawrence

Middle School Level American History: 
School Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

Learning Objectives:

  • Teach students about segregation and racial inequalities preceding the Civil Rights movement, as well as how the desegregation of schools influenced the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Facilitate critical engagement with historical materials.
  • Introduce students to historical primary sources.
  • Create a critical timeline of the Civil Rights Movement.



Further Reading/Resources:



  • Have students find a contemporary newspaper or magazine article about education. Have them analyze the article and discuss contemporary debates about education.
  • Introduce a speaker or have students talk to an older community member about their experiences in school. Have students discuss the ways this relates to the lesson, as well as compare and contrast to their educational experience.