Texas Civil Rights Trailblazers

Author: Mary Grace Ketner

Suggested Grade Level(s): 7

Suggested Subject Area(s): Social Studies

Number of Class Periods Required: 3 short sessions (10 minutes per session) and 5 full class periods (50 minutes per period)

Essential Question:
How have courageous Texans extended democracy?

Teacher Overview:
Many of the changes in daily life are due to changes in civil rights legislation and the evolution of attitudes about diversity which occurred throughout the twentieth century. Dynamic changes have occurred that extend democracy to women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and other ethnic and cultural groups, as well as to groups that span ethnicity and gender, such as laborers, children, prisoners, senior citizens, and immigrants. This is true on a national scale but also on a statewide scale, and many Texans were among the courageous people with a vision of democracy for all who pursued a goal they believed in, sometimes risking their lives, their safety, or their reputations.

With photographs and brief biographical information, this unit focuses on 32 exemplary citizens whose commitment and contributions, from hometown Texas history to the White House, have made society more fair and just at the end of the twentieth century than it was at the beginning. It offers role models for active citizenship.

The unit is designed to be taught concurrently with other twentieth-century Texas materials and to supplement textbook material. It requires ten-minute sessions on three separate days plus five 50-minute class periods, three of which are spent in the Technology Lab. Two optional vocabulary activities are included.

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