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1619 to the American Civil Rights Movement

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Language Arts And English +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection brings together the New York Times Podcast 1619 (Episode 1, "The Fight for a True Democracy") and Smithsonian resources to support my 7th graders as we begin our unit on the American Civil Rights Movement. Later in the unit, the students will read March, a graphic novel based on the experience of Congressman John Lewis during the Civil Rights Movement. In order for the students to understand why the Civil Rights Movement was necessary, they must first understand the history that led to it. This collection does not, by any means, provide a complete or comprehensive history. The podcast provides an historical overview and will serve as a jumping off point for further research. The visual artwork, poetry, articles, and films included at the end serve to provide additional perspectives and opportunities for exploration. The students will develop their own research questions inspired by the thinking they've done throughout this collection and may use the additional resources provided to begin their independent research. A PowerPoint lesson on developing research questions is included.

The collection is organized into five lessons, each following the same structure: Students will listen to a portion of the podcast and use Think, Puzzle, Explore to document their thinking and record questions for further research. They will also explore a piece of visual art using Ten Times Two and Unveiling Stories. The sixth lesson brings the students from history to the present and asks them to consider the 2014 artwork New Age of Slavery by Patrick Campbell using Ten Times Two and Unveiling Stories. 

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Roots

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Day 1

Marissa McCauley

Roots

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories Handout

Marissa McCauley

Unveiling Stories

Marissa McCauley

Think / Puzzle / Explore: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Day 2

Marissa McCauley

Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories Handout

Marissa McCauley

Unveiling Stories

Marissa McCauley

Think / Puzzle / Explore: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Day 3

Marissa McCauley

Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories Handout

Marissa McCauley

Unveiling Stories

Marissa McCauley

Think / Puzzle / Explore: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Day 4

Marissa McCauley

Soldiers Training

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories Handout

Marissa McCauley

Unveiling Stories

Marissa McCauley

Think / Puzzle / Explore: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Day 5

Marissa McCauley

SOB, SOB

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories Handout

Marissa McCauley

Unveiling Stories

Marissa McCauley

Think / Puzzle / Explore: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Day 6

Marissa McCauley

New Age of Slavery

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Unveiling Stories Handout

Marissa McCauley

Unveiling Stories

Marissa McCauley

Additional Resources

Marissa McCauley

Folk art model of a slave ship on stand

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Advertisement card for the "Great Negro Mart" in Memphis, Tennessee

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bond for the hire of enslaved man named Harry by the Virginia Central Railroad

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Gordon

National Portrait Gallery

The Fifteenth Amendment. Celebrated May 19th 1870

National Museum of African American History and Culture

A Visit from the Old Mistress

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Photograph of Lawrence McVey in uniform wearing the Croix de Guerre medal

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ten Miles to J. Camp

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Off to War

Smithsonian American Art Museum

War Voyage

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Tuskegee Red-Tail Angels

Smithsonian Channel

William Ayers Campbell

National Portrait Gallery

Jim Crow in Uniform

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Walking

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bar and Grill

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pinback button for the NAACP

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Desegregation of Central High School Little Rock, AR

National Museum of African American History and Culture

March from Church through Chapel Hill Stopping at Segregated Businesses

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Digital print of Chicago Freedom Movement rally crowd at Soldier Field

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The March on Washington

Smithsonian Education