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Racism: Past and Present

Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson 1968
Lesson Plan Author(s): 
Brock Graham & Scott Jackson
Teaching Area: 
World History and American History
U.S History #28; CCSS.ELALiteracy. RH.910.2
Grade Level: 
9 and 10
Teaching Level: 
Secondary Childhood
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This lesson compairs civil and racial inequality during the Civil Rights movement with inequality in the present. Students will examine prison population statistics to gain an understanding of the issues with America’s mass incarceration system. They will chose an event and write a newspaper article about it that describes the event and its significance. Students will then choose a present day related event that connects with the article they chose from the Civil Rights movement. Students will reflect and make connections between civil and racial inequalities that have been reoccurring in America’s present day society to the civil injustices that occurred during the Civil Rights era. 

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Key Words: 
Civil Rights Movement, incarceration, racial inequality