Connections to High School
Current high school students live in a post--civil rights era, and many are not aware of the history of people of color in the United States. This lesson is designed to help students understand what civil rights activists were fighting for.
Goals of the Lesson Plan
Enhance students' understanding of the civil rights movement (from the platform of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech) and whether the goals of the movement have been fulfilled.
1. Students will conduct research on the "Dream" of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as efforts that have been made since his death to make his dream a reality, including amendments to the Constitution and precedents set by court cases.
2. Students will compare and contrast the application of civil rights prior to the Civil Rights Act and now.
3. Students will be able to identify Dr. King's "Dream" as well as 8-10 efforts that have been made since MLK's death.
4. Students will work with a partner to research a particular piece of Dr. King's Dream...