What was Freedom Summer and how did it impact the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s?

Lesson one

Students will define 'racism', identify injustices, develop and appropriate and uplifting vocabulary to support diversity, and explore and interpret primary source media to make inferences about the past.

Lesson Two

Students will engage with primary source media to understand what Freedom Summer was and to identify leaders and important figures in the movement. Students will also review and critique laws and policies in the past in order to develop an argument regarding sacrifice related to social causes.

Lesson Three

Students will  have a chance to read through documents regarding the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights act of 1965 to put change into perspective based on a linear timeline of events. Students will also deeper analyze historical figures to prepare for  and carry out a historical roleplay.

Lesson Four 

Students will consider the causes and effects of Freedom Summer and the passing of Civil Rights legislature in relation to present day strides and concerns. Students will also organize in small groups in order to pursue solutions to social justice problems either within the school or in the community based on the understanding of effective ways to bring about change.

Lesson Five

Students will conclude the unit by synthesizing their learning through a summative mind map as well as an 'Unsent Letter'. Students will also spend time learning about Black Joy to combat the idea that all Black history and Black life is about suffering. Students will finally wrap-up with adding to the positive and affirming vocabulary list the generated on day one with their newer and deeper understanding.