The Struggle is Real

Students research and develop scenes based on regional Civil Rights events to educate and create empathy about past and current struggles.

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Students begin by researching the Friendship Nine (Rock Hill Nine), Orangeburg Massacre, and the Greensboro sit in to understand the Civil Rights struggle in our state and surrounding areas.  Students use this research to create scenes to educate others about these events.  Some may choose to create scenes that are satirical, appropriate for other age groups (e.g., Elementary School), or historically accurate.  Students will perform their scenes in order to raise awareness of the past Civil Rights struggles and struggles that continue today, which may include filming/editing/showing their scenes to others, performing at locations other than school, etc. in order to reach a broader audience.

Project could be developed K-12:

Elementary could focus on age-appropriate literature with similar subjects/themes (e.g., No Fear for Freedom) and bring stories to life through Reader's Theatre.  Students could also develop Reader's Theatre through film, designing their own short films to tell the story.

High School could focus on interviewing people who lived through one of the regional conflicts and developing a scene or monologue to be performed live or through edited film.

To further extend, students could interview their own family members about their experience with Civil Rights, discrimination/racism, etc. and use material to develop scenes, monologues, films, etc. for performance.


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Jennifer Bartell : What a great suggestion! Thank you so much for the links and the info. That would make a great addition - and make it real for the students.
Andrew Pratt : Thank you so much for the encouragement!

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