NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 8, unit 6
This Social Studies Curriculum resource is the sixth unit of the grade eight scope and sequence, titled: America After World War II: The Changing Nature of the American People. It was developed by a team of NYCDOE Social Studies staff and teachers, in collaboration with scholars of the humanities and social studies as well as museum curators. Students will immerse themselves in the topic by discussing focus questions, reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, and interpreting images, such as: paintings, photographs, maps, and political cartoons.
This guide offers a multitude of perspectives on the struggle for equality in the second half of the twentieth century. The topics of representative lessons in this unit include: Segregation in America, Key Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, The Feminist Movement, Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society; and Modern Civil Rights (LGBTQ movement).
To evaluate student mastery of content knowledge, cognitive processes, and critical thinking skills, this unit includes formative assessments, and a performance-based assessment activity, which has students annotating primary sources, and creating a Civil Rights Museum for New York City.
Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a wide-range of trade books and primary documents, in addition to this unit of study. In order to support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, we recommend that teachers integrate these resources into their daily instruction and assessments plans.
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