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Civil Rights Movement Final Project

INTRODUCTION:  During the fourth module, we have looked closely at the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  Using the lenses of Identity, Justice, and the American Dream, we have studied many of the important people, events, and ideas that helped to define the era.  We have also carefully examined two pieces of writing from the time:  the song “Strange Fruit” and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Now you will have the opportunity to synthesize what you have learned into a writing project that reflects both the historical content and the themes we have studied.

DIRECTIONS:

1)  Select either “Strange Fruit” or “I Have a Dream” to use as your model.

2)  Research your model and write a one-page analysis of its historical context.  Your analysis should answer the following questions:
      • Who wrote the piece?  Who performed it?
      • Why did s/he write it?  What was the purpose?
      • How does the piece relate to the people, events, and/or ideas we have discussed in our Civil Rights Movement unit?

3)  Using your model as a guide, craft either an original Civil Rights-themed song/poem or an original Civil Rights-themed speech.  Your piece should:
      • Follow the rules of the genre you selected (poetry or public speech)
      • Stay focused on the main themes/content we have studied
      • Include at least TWO of the literary elements that we discussed during the read alouds (imagery, parallelism, extended metaphor, powerful word choice)
4)  Record yourself performing your piece.

THIS PROJECT IS DUE:  THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012—NO EXCEPTIONS.
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Michael Steinberg,
May 29, 2012, 8:22 AM
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Rebecca Gadd,
Jun 15, 2012, 6:16 AM
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Rebecca Gadd,
Jun 15, 2012, 6:16 AM
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Rebecca Gadd,
Jun 15, 2012, 5:49 AM
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