Primary Source Lesson Plans

Education

Submit Your Own Primary Source Lesson Plan
Follow these instructions to submit your own Primary Source Lesson Plan for possible inclusion on The Sixth Floor Museum’s education page:

1.  Explore the Museum’s Online Collections Database or YouTube page for a primary source from The Sixth Floor Museum’s collection that will form a core element of your lesson plan.

2.  Craft your lesson plan using the Museum’s Lesson Plan Template.

3.  Submit your completed lesson plan by sending to education@jfk.org.

4.  All lesson plans are subject to review for content and appropriateness.

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In the summer of 2013 The Sixth Floor Museum received a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to support John F. Kennedy, Dallas and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a weeklong teacher training institute.  Participants from all over North Texas—and one educator from Virginia—heard presentations from humanities scholars, an archivist and a civil rights activist.  The educators also visited important Dallas sites related to President Kennedy’s assassination and the Civil Rights Movement to broaden their content knowledge about the civil rights context for Kennedy’s visit to Texas in 1963. 

Watch the video below to learn more about the John F. Kennedy, Dallas and the Struggle for Civil Rights Teacher Institute.

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Institute participants created primary source-based lesson plans designed to engage students and help them put the 50th anniversary of the assassination and several civil rights milestones into context.

The Sixth Floor Museum’s education department is pleased to share its growing selection of dynamic primary source lesson plans and we encourage teachers to submit additional lesson plans for us to share with teachers around the world.

Primary Source Lesson Plans by Grade Level

Elementary School
West End as a Classroom Leadership Curriculum [PDF]
Hispanic Americans and Civil Rights Elementary Lesson [docx]

Middle School
West End as a Classroom Leadership Curriculum [PDF]
Middle School Lesson on School Names [docx]
Middle School Lesson on Viva Kennedy Movement [docx]

High School
West End as a Classroom Leadership Curriculum [PDF]
HS Lesson Plan - How we memorialize people and events [docx]
HS Lesson Plan Civil Rights Era Protests [docx]
HS Lesson Plan Jim Crow vs. Juan Crow [docx]      Court Cases [PDF]
HS Lesson Plan Oral Histories [docx]

Primary Source Lesson Plans by Topic

Civil Rights Movement Lesson Plans
Hispanic Americans and Civil Rights Elementary Lesson [docx]
HS Lesson Plan Civil Rights Era Protests [[docx]
HS Lesson Plan Jim Crow vs. Juan Crow [docx]      Court Cases [PDF]
Middle School Lesson on Viva Kennedy Movement
[docx]

General Lesson Plans
West End as a Classroom Leadership Curriculum [PDF]
Middle School Lesson on Bullying and Injustice [docx]

Mock Trial, Government and Legal Rights Lesson Plans
State of Texas vs. Lee Harvey Oswald Mock Trial [PDF] courtesy of Law-Related Education

Oral History Lesson Plans
HS Lesson Plan Oral Histories [docx]  

JFK’s Legacy Lesson Plans
HS Lesson Plan Oral Histories [docx]
Middle School Lesson on School Names [docx]
HS Lesson Plan - How we memorialize people and events
[docx]