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Lesson Plan: Creating Timelines on Civil Rights Issues

By Trent Lorcher

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

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.

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

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?

Materials Needed

  • Pen or Pencil
  • Colored Markers
  • Timeline Information
  • Clip Art
  • Old Magazines

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.