Voices of the Civil Rights

English 3P Honors UNIT GOAL:

COMPARE & EVALUATE civil rights’ leaders perspectives of nonviolence and evaluate how the authors’ EVIDENCE communicates and supports their ideas to diverse audiences.

“There is no such thing as defeat in nonviolence.” — Cesar Chavez, UFW Co-Founder 

Essential Questions:

1.  What were the ideas of the Civil Rights’ leaders?

2.  What is nonviolence? How did this philosophy shape the dialogue during the Civil Rights Movement?

3. How do these leaders’ ideas transform American values?

4.  How did the values expressed by Civil Rights Leaders in U.S. history inspire and shape artistic, cultural, and political movements?

Unit Terms:  

Conflict, Civil Rights, violence/ nonviolence, pacifism, passive resistance, audience, purpose, argument, rhetorical triangle (ethos, pathos, logos) kairos, call to action, agape.

Objective 1: Views of Conflict

I.  Pre- Speaking: Give One Get One

II.  Speaking: Take A Stand “Any conflict can be solved without violence”

III.  Respond and Reflect: Paragraph

 Objective 2: Reading Civil Rights Leaders, Thinkers and Artists

I.  Pre-Reading: Art Analysis “Nonviolent Resistance” from World Wall: A Vision of  the Future without Fear by Judy Baca

II.  Reading:

a. “Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech” by Dr. Martin Luther King

b. Advice to the Youth of Mississippi by Malcolm X

c.  “Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King” by Cesar Chavez

d. About Medgar Evers: “A Pawn in the Game” (Lyrics) & “Masters of War” (Lyrics) by Bob Dylan

e.  “A Balance Between Nature and Nurture” by Gloria Steinem

f.  “The Hope Speech” by Harvey Milk