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ERIC Number: EJ720471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
The Civil Rights Movement: A Humanities Rainbow
Wheat, Brenda M.; Kapavik, Robin Robinson
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v17 n1 p15-18 Sep-Oct 2004
During recent renovation work at the Collin County Courthouse in a suburb of Dallas Texas, workers discovered "for colored" and "for white" signs underneath layers of plaster above the bathroom doors. The discovery has ignited controversy between citizens who are concerned with the eventual fate of the signs. Some residents of Collin County, both black and white, think the signs should be preserved and left where they are as historical markers, while others think that the signs should be removed or taken to a museum. It is a teacher's duty to facilitate students' understanding of such complex issues by helping them navigate though the conflicting viewpoints that exist in times of social change. Using the humanities within the social studies curriculum is one way to help students gain a deeper understanding of important social issues. Based on this rationale, this article describes activities that enable teachers of upper elementary grades to explore the Civil Rights Movement through the use of words, art, photographs, and music. Sections on useful resources, classroom activities, relevant literature, and suggested areas for discussion are included. It is hoped that providing students with a deeper understanding of the background and historical context of segregation, they will be more capable of understanding the intensity of debate from both sides of the issue. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas