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  • Civil Rights
  • 6-12

  1. Complete the community service project selected in lesson 2: The Five Freedoms: A Tool for Change.
  2. With students, search news media sites, including blogs, to find stories about local civil rights issues that grab the students’ attention.
  3. Ask students: What elements of these projects make them attention-grabbing? Answers include: color, font, word choice, music, video
  4. Then ask students: Which of these projects do you find trustworthy, and why? Answers include: use of quotations and statistic, named and anonymous sources, inclusion of multiple perspectives, etc.
  5. Divide the class into small groups to create their multimedia projects.
  6. Invite parents, peers and community members to see a presentation of your project.

  • Your Stories of Change worksheet (download), one per student
  • Sample worksheet, included at the end of the lesson plan packet (optional, distribute it to your students for guidance)
  • Internet access, tools for documenting your project’s progress, such as journals, cameras, tape recorders, and video cameras


Have students present their panels to their classmates and discuss their findings. Prompts include:

  • What is the same among each group’s work and what is different?
  • Which tools and forms of media are the most effective? Why? Which ones were less effective? Why?
  • Imagine you are not familiar with this class or your community in general. What would you learn from this panel? What questions would you have?
  • What are the next steps you would take to expand this project’s impact?
  • Do you think documenting the work your class has done is important? Why or why not? How could you make your documentation more effective?

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