The Difference Between Black and White: The Continuing Struggle for Equality (High School / US History)

Lori Flippin
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

US History

High School


By investigating the complexities of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, the students will become aware of the struggle for racial equality throughout this nation. They will bear witness to the realization that the Civil Rights Movement has a historical significance, is a continual struggle, and ultimately, impacts all Americans. Students will incorporate a vast array of methodology as they explore the Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, AR, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and various individuals that impacted the numerous Civil Rights marches, sit-ins, and protests. Students will implement research strategies as they analyze primary and secondary source materials and fulfill the assignment obligations. The assessment requires students to complete three (3) of the boxes on the TIC TAC TOE assignment sheet, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. They will then share their activities with the class, create an all-school display of the Civil Rights Movement, culminating with a self-evaluation and reflective journal entry.

Difference Between Black and White Instructional Unit Design64.5 KB
TicTacToe Assignment Sheet22.5 KB
Race Relations & the Civil Rights Movement PowerPoint3.74 MB