Civil Rights and Civic Action

African American woman being carried to police patrol wagon during demonstration in Brooklyn, New York

Overview

This lesson provides students the opportunity to deepen their understanding and personal integration of the concept of commitment to civic service. In the lesson, students will examine the historic contribution of young people in shaping positive changes in America using primary sources from the Library of Congress. Students will explore the civic service accomplishments of young people to help bring about social change and identify the potential of young people in creating positive change through civic service. Students will then identify characteristics of civic activists as well as current problems or causes about which they are passionate and draft an action plan to affect change.

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Grade

High School

Subjects

Civics, Social Studies

Length

60-80 minutes.

Topics

civic action, civic activists, civic service, civil conversation, civil rights, protest, youth

Author

Citizen U