Lesson Plan Twelve (Student Resources)



There is a long history in America of sit-ins being used by workers, students and civil rights activists occupying factories, universities, government offices and diners. Sit-ins and occupying a building peacefully have often been an effective but sometimes controversial way of forcing change.


A sit-in means to go as a group into a public building and refuse to leave or to allow normal activities to continue there until a situation that you are complaining about is changed (adapted from Cambridge Dictionary).

Segregation is what happens when you separate groups from one another. African Americans were not allowed to use the same water fountains, schools, bathrooms, and even bus seats as whites (adapted from the Netizon Learning Project).
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