Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History

By Eleanora Von Dehsen; Nancy Claxton | Go to book overview

17. Rights Revolution

Instructional objectives
Students will be able to:
Recognize and analyze the dramatic growth of civil rights and liberties in the mid-20th
century
Understand the role the Supreme Court played in extending rights and liberties
Evaluate other forces behind the growth

DESCRIPTION
Students will work in small groups to develop in-depth presentations tracing the dramatic growth in civil liberties and rights during the Rights Revolution of the mid-20th century.
TIME
Three class periods (you may give the groups more time to prepare their reports if necessary)
MATERIALS
Rights Revolution (appropriate copy for each member of the groups)
PRéPARATION
Reserve the computer lab.
CLASS LAYOUT AND GROUPING OF STUDENTS
Students will work in small groups in the computer lab to research their material and develop their presentations. The class will be in its usual seating arrangement for the presentation and discussion.
PROCEDURE
Day 1:
1. Tell the class that in the years 1946–1975, the United States saw an unprecedented expansion in the protection of civil liberties and rights in a wide variety of areas, including:
freedom of speech and religion
criminal rights

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