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Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement Part 1

Kirsten Bowman JD
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(725)
By examining the power of civic participation in a democracy, the role of non-violence in society and the courts in addressing injustice, students will explore the fundamentals of democracy and think about their power to make a difference (Including figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Diane Nash, Congressman Lewis and many more)

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US Grade 8 - 11
By examining such issues as the power of civic participation in a democratic society, the role of non-violence in social movements, the importance of voting rights, the tensions between state and local control, and the role of the courts in addressing injustice, students will explore the fundamental tenets of our democracy and think about their power to make a difference today.
I am an American human rights lawyer who has taught both at the law school level and on Outschool on various topics relating to civil rights, women's rights, human rights, grass roots organizing, legal activism and more for many years.  
Homework Offered
One episode of Eyes on the Prize will be assigned to be watched each week prior to class. There will reading discussion questions assigned to prompt the learners attention to particular aspects of the episode that we will focus in on class. As well, there will be a final project presentation in the last week that can be worked on for the duration of the course.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades may be given in this class if needed and requested by the individual learner.
Grades Offered
If requested, grades and assessments are available. All assignments must be completed in order to receive grade or assessment.
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there is mild language content and some violence depicted within the episodes themselves.  Please see this link to CommonSense media review for your information:  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/eyes-on-the-prize. The CommonSense experts state: 'Parents need to know that Eyes on the Prize is a powerful documentary that depicts real-life racial violence, cruelty, bigotry, and name-calling. The fact that these events are true history might be more disturbing to kids and teens than fictional fare. There are scenes and images of African Americans being victimized by their white neighbors, including riots, beatings, the results of lynchings, murder, and general injustice. In addition, Southern government officials deliver angry tirades against the African Americans in their communities, describing them as less than full human beings and using multiple racial slurs, including the "N" word. However, for mature kids and teens, this film is an even-handed, solid, and accurate record of this crucial time in the history of America.'
Learners will be responsible for attaining and watching the mini documentary 'Eyes on the Prize" which can be found on PBS Media, Netflix, Kanopy (a free service from public libraries) to name a few sources. 

Further sources to be used include both primary and secondary sources found on PBSlearningmedia.org and FacingHistory.org which provide primary source writings and video as well as secondary source materials designed to encourage critical thinking and multiple perspectives.  
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(725)
I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and completed my PhD in international law in 2023. 

I have travelled the world working for the UN as a... 
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for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
3-14 learners per class

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