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Step Three: The “How” of Teaching the Movement


Civil Rights Done Right: A Tool for Teaching the Movement
Step Three: The “How” of Teaching the Movement

As important as what we teach about the civil rights movement is how we teach it. The March Continues describes five essential practices for teaching the movement.  

Are you currently implementing these essential practices? In this step you will apply the practices to evaluate and improve your approach to civil rights education. 

Read The March Continues and reflect on your comfort and competence with each of the five practices: 

  1. Educate for empowerment.
  2. Know how to talk about race.
  3. Capture the unseen.
  4. Resist telling a simple story.
  5. Connect to the present.

With your makeover lesson in mind, use the Implementing the Five Essential Practices worksheet to list the ways you’ve implemented these practices in the past. Use the Essential Practices Checklist handout to generate new ideas. With your makeover lesson in mind, ask yourself the following questions, and then add more ideas to the Implementing the Five Essential Practices worksheet:

  1. Which practice(s) are most important to this lesson? Why?
  2. Which practices may be less relevant to this lesson? Why?
  3. Which practices should be highlighted in this lesson?
  4. Which practices do I need to develop over time and leading up to this lesson?
  5. Which practices do I feel most comfortable with? Most competent with?
  6. Which practices offer me the greatest potential for growth?