Step Four: Planning for Teaching the Movement

Civil Rights Done Right: A Tool for Teaching the Movement
Step Four: Planning for Teaching the Movement

Based on the work you’ve done in Steps One, Two and Three, use the Instructional Matrix worksheet to turn your learning into planning. This matrix will serve as a springboard for future lesson planning.

Take your time. Talk to others. Refer to the materials you have, but also do research to find other, possibly better, resources.

In Section 1 of the Instructional Matrix worksheet, you’ll drill down on the content you listed on the Essential Content Coverage worksheet. With your essential question(s) in mind, list content or topics that fit into the essential areas listed in the first column. Next, list any standards that align. Then unpack the concepts, vocabulary, strategies and skills students will need to learn the content. Finally, determine what materials you will need.

In Section 2 of the Instructional Matrix worksheet, you’ll consider the human assets that surround you. This work can’t be done in a vacuum; it extends beyond the textbook and the classroom. What contributions can your community make to your students’ learning? What role can teachers, students, families, the school and the wider community play in teaching students about the civil rights movement and empowering them to be active citizens?



Group of adults listening to one person speaking.

Apply for Learning for Justice's Inaugural Professional Learning Institutes!

Join us this summer in Mississippi and Alabama for low-cost, weeklong, place-based, immersive learning experiences that support educators' capacities to implement social justice education. Applications are open now until April 16.

Learn More!