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Black History Month


Taylor Branch, Andrew Aydin, and U.S. Representative John Lewis at the NCSS Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, November 2013. Branch is author of The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement. Aydin is the co-author of Lewis's illustrated autobiography, March (Book One).

High School Lessons (PDF)
From Social Education
Cloture Motion to Cease Debate on 1964 Civil Rights Bill

Middle Level Lessons (PDF)
From Middle Level Learning
Frederick Douglass, the Constitution, and Slavery: A Classroom Debate

Elementary Lessons (PDF)
From Social Studies and the Young Learner The Rosa Parks “Myth”: A Third Grade Investigation

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U.S. History Lesson Plans

National Mock Election

American Public University (Teaching New American History)

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