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A Certain Type of Fire

"There Was A Certain Type of Fire That No Water Could Put Out…" Personal Stories of Liberation from The Civil Rights Movement

The purpose of this unit is to help students draw connections between the people and events that helped shape the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the social issues that influence their lives and choices today. Through the process of research, analytical and reflective writing, students will study why and how individuals struggled to change their lives and the world around them through their involvement with a social movement. They will investigate the degree of personal sacrifice that individuals had to make for the collective benefit of all.

TOPIC

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

OBJECTIVES

By the end of this unit, students will:

  • understand the reasons individuals joined a movement to effect social change
  • identify and evaluate the strategies people used to effect change in their lives and in the lives of their communities
  • determine how individual sacrifice can lead to collective and individual benefit
  • identify people who helped to advance the cause of civil rights for all citizens and evaluate their historical significance
  • compare and contrast their ideas about personal and social change to the ideas, within the context the 1950s and 1960s, of the historical individuals they studied
  • identify a contemporary social issue and discuss their motivation for implanting social change
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Urban Dreams
OUSD Curriculum Unit

"There Was A Certain Type of Fire That No Water Could Put Out…" Personal Stories of Liberation from The Civil Rights Movement

Subject: Social Studies
Grade Level: 11th
Lesson Plan Authors:
Maliika Herd-Chambers
and Stan Pesick

Organization: OUSD