Civil Rights – encore/special/elective – quarterly or semester long

The curriculum has been designed so that each student has an opportunity to explore the historical civil rights movements in the United States and reflect upon the civil rights issues of today. Standards for  social studies, English/Language Arts, and the Common Core have been incorporated within the class. This curriculum provides each student with the opportunity to gain knowledge about themselves, develop an understanding of how civil rights impacts their lives and the lives of others, and how it relates to the core democratic values.

Information may be gained through some of the following ways:

  • Core democratic values
  • Research
  • Project based learning
  • Debates & argumentative writing
  • Expository reading
  • Power points
  • Oral & written presentations
  • Documentary videos & biographical narratives
  • Current news articles and videos

Topics of exploration may include:

  • Minorities
  • Women
  • Voting rights
  • Disabilities
  • LGBT
  • Immigration
  • Human rights
  • Curriculum options for grade level standards, content, and gifted/talented classes
  • Other options as requested by district

“Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest.” Barack Obama

Crowd holding American flags


Middle School Civil Rights Standards:

  • Common Core State Standards: Reading informational text-key ideas & details, & integrate information. Writing- arguments & claim, research, technology, collaboration. Listening, & presentations. 
  • Social Studies State Standards: Public discourse, decision making, citizen involvement, civics & government, historical inquiry, & reform movements.
  • Teaching Tolerance: Anchor Standards and Domains of Social Justice

Example: Apply core democratic values to civil rights in the United States

  • R.NT.06-08.05
  • R.WS.06-08.04
  • R.IT.06-08.04


Once adopted:

  • Teachers will have a ready to teach civil rights course or teachers will have a process to embed civil rights into lessons already required.  
  • Adapt a curriculum with your educators that fits your school climate.
  • Model lessons with students and staff-time frame can be negotiated.
  • Consultants will share strategies to encourage student participation and will help staff feel comfortable with the ensuing discussions.
  • Provide ongoing resources for the staff such as news feeds, lesson plans, and blogs.
  • Formative and summative assessments will be provided.
  • Current issues in civil rights will be updated and integrated into the curriculum through a password protected link.

Additional Course:

 encore/special/electives –quarterly or semester long

  • Please contact us for more information about the curriculum