A “Counter Revolution” in North Carolina

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Individuals read a passage about segregation, as a homework assignment, before coming to class the next day to learn about the Greensboro sit-ins—a landmark event during the civil rights movement. Packed with guiding questions, group activities, and discussions, young historians attempt to empathize with the way African Americans and the Greensboro Four were treated as they participated in non-violent protests to end segregation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin the lesson by pointing out Greensboro, North Carolina, on a map
  • Teach the lesson during Black History Month or during a study of civil rights and segregation
  • Review the lesson ahead of time to be prepared in successfully teaching the material
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed to meet North Carolina social studies standards, the lesson can easily be adapted to meet other state standards as well
  • Resource suggests implementing the lesson over the coarse of 90 minutes; consider extending the lesson to two class periods for a more thorough learning experience
  • Assumes prior knowledge in segregation and the Jim Crow period 
  • The lesson packet comes with a detailed plan, an introductory video on Woolworth's, an instructional presentation, background information on the Greensboro Four, a homework assignment, collaborative project, and extension activities
  • Promotes empathy
  • Allows learners to look at how this event helped to desegregate NC and the United States
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