Lynching in the US in the 20th century 1919-54

Crammed into this very active lesson are: slow reveal of an arresting image; interesting information about the role of the press; song and lyrics of Strange Fruit; a short video showing latest Feb 20105 research; predicting what a graph of figures of lynchings might look like and then asking why statistics on lynching may or may not be accurate.

Smart task 1

Step 1

Don’t tell the students what the lesson is going to be about. Start with a slow reveal (slide 1 – not the title page which is kept back for obvious reasons) of a famous photograph of lynching from 1930. With just the left side of the image revealed at first, ask students to speculate what sort of event is being attended by the people there. Note one guy is smiling broadly etc. If students have seen the photo before, ask them to kindly refrain from telling everyone else! Now press on the custom animated square number 1. How does this change students’ minds? They should focus on the guy who is pointing. This is a critical gesture. Now press box 2. Here a pair of black feet appear in the top of the square. Students will

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