Civil Rights

June 11, 2018
  Opening: Quick Picture Analysis   Show two pictures to the class.  The first photo is of a sit-in at a lunch counter in 1963. View it here:  https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/IM2381…
September 24, 2017
To the Teacher   In May 2017, President Trump signed an executive order creating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. This commission was ostensibly formed to investigate…
May 16, 2016
To the Teacher: Please carefully review the lesson in advance, consider the topic, and assess your students’ readiness to engage in a discussion of this issue.  These guidelines for discussing…
March 8, 2015
Note to teacher:  Please also see our previous lessons on Ferguson and related subjects.   Introduction Ask students if they have heard about the U.S. Justice Department’s recent report on the…
November 25, 2014
This classroom activity was developed by Brett Schneider, Marieke van Woerkom, and Tala Manassah. It is structured as a circle.  For more information on circles, see this introduction.   Gathering…
May 27, 2014
To the Teacher: This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. On July 2, 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law landmark legislation outlawing discrimination based…
April 29, 2014
To the Teacher:  This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Summer, an effort by civil rights groups to register African American voters in the Deep South. One year after Freedom…
November 7, 2011
To the Teacher: Since September 11, Congress has passed legislation to combat terrorism, the president has ordered that military tribunals try certain accused terrorists, and the Department of…
June 30, 2011
To the teacher:   On June 24, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Gay rights advocates have been cheering ever since.   The event abounds with teachable moments. The…
September 8, 2010
To the Teacher:   Now that California District Court Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, the issue of same-sex marriage will be heard before an appeals court, then…