This thematic essay adheres to New York State Learning Standard 1- History of the United States and New York, Intermediate Level, Key Ideas #2 and #3. Also, New York State Learning Standard 5- Civic, Citizenship, and Government, Intermediate Level, Key Idea #3. Additionally, this lesson plan corresponds with the National Social Studies Curriculum Standards thematic strands of individuals, groups and institutions & civic ideals and practices.
This thematic essay is designed as an in class assignment to assess student learning when your study of the Civil Rights movement is complete. Teachers should display the images from the African Americans kit in class for students to reference during their writing. Possible answers should include; Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Brown v Board, Little Rock, March on Washington, Montgomery bus boycott, etc.
Utilizing the African Americans images as reference and your knowledge of United States history complete the following task.
During the mid-late 20th century, African Americans sought more control over the political, social, and economic conditions of their lives.
Compare and contrast the beliefs and methodology of three leaders of the Civil Rights movement. Using specific examples, discuss how these leaders were either successful or unsuccessful in attaining their goals.