To make this study and travel opportunity as rewarding as possible, summer scholars must come to the institute with background knowledge about the Modern Civil Rights Movement beyond their textbooks. Prior to the institute, you will be provided a small library of books, a “Civil Rights Reader” in the form of an interactive travel drive, and daily reading assignments. The books and the required and suggested readings will allow you to examine the history, music, literature, art, and religiosity of the movement. We are also asking that you view the film Selma prior to the institute. Please see the daily institute schedule for an outline of presentations, required and suggested readings, and field study experiences.
Summer scholars will work in grade-level teams to develop an interactive, concept-based curricular unit or lesson plan. To make these units, plans that they can use, summer scholars are encouraged to bring their state standards for this era of history or other discipline standards relevant to the institute. In order to facilitate working with a diverse group of educators, national curricular standards in teachers’ respective disciplines will be used as a basis for summer scholars to meet their local school district requirements.