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Lesson Plan: Creating Timelines on Civil Rights Issues

written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 2/23/2012

Have your students create timelines on Civil Rights issues to provide a well rounded view of history that incorporates all segments of American society.

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    Help students appreciate the contributions of underrepresented segments of society with a timeline lesson plan that focuses on women's and minority rights. These Civil Rights' timelines can be made any time of year, but may be especially useful during Black History Month.

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    Guidelines

    In groups of 2-4, students develop a Civil Rights timeline by noting major time sequences and labeling the timeline with major events. Timelines should include the following:

    • A brief description of event or person tracked in time
    • Icons or small visual symbols of scenes which identify or characterize major people or events in history
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    Quality Checklist

    • Is timeline complete, neat, and orderly?
    • Are icons clear and meaningful?
    • Are events correctly identified?
    • Is the language clear, correct, and concise?
    • Are spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and other conventions used correctly?
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    Materials Needed

    • Pen or Pencil
    • Colored Markers
    • Timeline Information
    • Clip Art
    • Old Magazines
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    Group 1: Women’s rights 1776-1920.

    Timeline must focus on the struggles of American women to gain equality from the founding of the United States up until the 19th amendment. Timeline must include at least 4 events per person in group. It must include 5 literary works by women or works which influenced the empowerment of American women, and 10 important female historical figures.

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    Group 4: Women’s rights 1921-present

    Timeline must focus on the struggles of American women to gain equality from the passage of the 19 amendment until the present day. Timeline must include at least 4 events per person. It must include 5 literary works by women or works which influenced the empowerment of American women, and 10 important female historical figures.

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    Mexican-Americans

    Timeline must focus on the struggles of Mexican-Americans to gain Civil Rights throughout the history of the United States. Timeline must include at least 4 events per person in group. It must include 5 literary works by Mexican-Americans or works which influenced the empowerment of Mexican-Americans, and 10 important Mexican-American historical figures.

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    Rights of African-Americans 1861-1910

    Timeline must focus on the struggles of African-Americans to gain equality from the Civil War up until 1910. Begin with the Emancipation Proclamation and amendments 13-15 of the U.S. Constitution. Timeline must include at least 4 events per person. It must include 5 literary works by African-Americans, or works which influenced the empowerment of African-Americans, and 10 important African-American historical figures.

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    Rights of African-Americans 1929-present

    Timeline must focus on the struggles of African-Americans to gain equality, starting with the depression to the present day. Timeline must include at least 4 events per person. It must include 5 literary works by African-Americans or works which influenced the empowerment of African-Americans, and 10 important African-American historical figures.