Teaching with Documents - Civil Rights Act & Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
In 1964 Congress passed Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241). The provisions of this civil rights act forbade discrimination on the basis of gender as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing. Today, according to the U. S. Government Manual of 1998-99, the EEOC enforces laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or age in hiring, promoting, firing, setting wages, testing, training, apprenticeship, and all other terms and conditions of employment. This website is a lesson plan on teaching the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Dear Mrs. Roosevelt - Analyzing Letters
This section contains a series of questions or tasks that ask students to analyze the letters found at this Web Site. Each task stands alone, so you can pick and choose what seems useful to you based on your specific curriculum needs. This lesson plan is one of many found on the New Deal website.
TVA Electricity for All
Lesson plans include analyzing political cartoons, historical documents, and role-playing. This is one of several lesson plans found on the New Deal website.
The Ex-Slave Narratives Lesson Plans
These lessons include slave narratives, analyzing historical documents, and compare/contrast slave experiences using technology and collaborative learning groups.
Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday Lesson Plan
This lesson helps students learn about lynching and its relationship to racism in American history and to appreciate the ways in which jazz contributed to the political awareness of the American public.
Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. DuBois: Differing Views
Students will read and illustrate Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech using either Photo Story or PowerPoint. Students will read an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk and complete an analysis sheet. Students will compare and contrast the viewpoints of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois using a Venn Diagram.
DuBois & Washington Response to Jim Crow Laws
Students will use primary sources to compare the responses of W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington to Jim Crow laws.
1965 Alabama Literacy Test
Jim Crow refers to the racial hierarchy that defined American life through a set of laws and practices which operated primarily, but not exclusively, in southern and border states between 1877 and the mid-1960s. The Jim Crow Museum webiste also includes the literacy test for Louisiana and Mississippi.
Newsweek Article on the Sinkng of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald
This article, written in 1975, is about the discovery of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. This can be used in conjunction with the lesson plan "The Legend Lives On" or as individual student research.