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Overview

This project will enable students to examine the causes and effects of the   Paterson riots of 1964. Students will also use the Martin Luther King speech to get a sense of the climate of the time and the issues and challenges of African-Americans in NJ.  This project enables students to develop skills in analyzing primary sources and applying prior knowledge.  They will produce a new whole from the primary sources they received.  Students will work in cooperative groups to develop their own newspaper articles.

New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards:

Social Studies 6.2, 6.4A & 6.6  

Key Understanding

Life for African-Americans in Paterson during the 1960s was defined by a civil rights struggle affecting African Americans throughout the northern cities.  The struggle was expressed in Paterson in a riot in 1964.  Various perspectives exist regarding the causes and effects of the riot.

Describe skills and Knowledge

Skills

Knowledge

Using and understanding primary sources

Causes and reactions to Paterson riots

Building prior knowledge using primary sources

Martin Luther King’s philosophy about racial inequalities  

Reading and understanding secondary sources

Social environment in Paterson during the 1960’s

Use maps

Geography of Paterson

 

 

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