FSP Curriculum Guides: Horace T. Ward
Grades 9-12, Horace T. Ward: Footsoldier for Equal Justice
Events in the Life of Horace T. Ward
Primary Learning Outcomes (Teachers’ Questions for Students)
Additional Learning Outcomes (Teachers’ Questions for Students)
Assessed Georgia Performance Standards
Students will identify who Horace Ward is and the major events in his life based on the film. Students will research the desegregation of their own school or schools in their county. Students will explore to what extent segregation and racism still exist today.
Step 1: Duration: 1 hour
Students will watch documentary Horace T. Ward: Foot Soldier for Justice Part 1 . The entire documentary is 60 minutes. If the teacher would like to show only 30 minutes and focus more specifically on Horace T. Ward, without including the broader context and concepts, the recommended segment is from 07:33 to 35:19.
Step 2: Duration: 15 minutes
Lead a class discussion to get students' feedback on the documentary. Do they find it interesting? Are they surprised at the extent to which the university went to keep Ward out? Do they think the NAACP did a good job representing Ward? Do they think Ward should have appealed the verdict? Etc.
Step 3: Duration: 15 minutes
Distribute copies or have students go directly to the website of Red and Black editorial Created Equal and No Other Road Open by Bill Shipp .
Website for Step 3 (Red and Black Editorials):
Title: The Red and Black: Editors Stand Up for Equality and Free Speech
Step 4 : Duration: 15 minutes
Have the students analyze one of the articles using the Document Analysis Worksheet.
Website for Step 4:
Title: Document Analysis Worksheet
Step 5 : Duration: 15 minutes
Assign students the following task for homework: The student will use school and local libraries and the internet to research the desegregation of their own school. (If the student's school was not segregated, have the student research another school in the city or county that was.) Students will write a 2-3-page report on their findings.
Step 6 : Duration: 2 hours
Divide students into groups of 5 or 6. Each group of students will use designated class time as well as their own time to prepare a 15-minute Power Point presentation that answers the question, “ Does segregation and racism still exist today?” Students must come to a conclusion based on statistics, news reports, interviews, current books and journal articles. Each group will present their Power Point for the class.
Materials and Equipment
Standards (Local and/or National)
Students will use the internet to research and to present a Power Point presentation.
Evaluate students' ability to gather information through observation and listening by feedback and depth of insight on the documentary.
Evaluate students' ability to critically analyze a written document using the Document Analysis Worksheet.
Evaluate students' ability to utilize technology in order to research facts and complete Civil Rights Worksheet.
Evaluate students' ability to gather information and use the data to back up a statement.
Research the role of the NAACP in the Civil Rights Movement and write a report that can be shared with classmates in an oral presentation.