Ku Klux Klan and Lynching lesson plan for the Civil Rights Movement Curriculum

Ku Klux Klan and Lynching

The Ku Klux Klan and Lynching lesson comprehensively examines one of the darkest periods in American history. This lesson plan is designed for history teachers who want to educate their students about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and the practice of lynching during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

The Ku Klux Klan was a white supremacist organisation that terrorised African Americans and other minority communities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its ideology was rooted in racism, anti-Semitism, and a desire to maintain white supremacy in American society. Despite widespread opposition and the efforts of groups like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Klan maintained significant support in many parts of the country.

In this lesson plan, students will engage in various activities that promote critical thinking, source analysis, and comprehension. They will examine primary sources, including newspaper articles and photographs, to better understand the KKK and its impact on American society. Additionally, students will watch a film about the Civil Rights Movement and respond to comprehension questions to reinforce their understanding of this critical period in American history.

By the end of the lesson, students will have a deeper understanding of the Ku Klux Klan, the practice of lynching, and the ongoing struggle for civil rights in the United States. They will also have developed essential skills in critical thinking, source analysis, and comprehension, making this an engaging and educational lesson for older students.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include source analysis, critical thinking, a film, and comprehension questions.
Estimated lessons:2
Ages14-18 years
Format PowerPoint

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