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Honors US History II –


United States History II
3rd Quarter – Writing Assessment

Objective: students will reinforce course content while developing their
writing, research and presentation skills.


Assignment: students will write an analytical essay the focus on the following:

  • The Civil Rights Movement
    • o Must be an EVENT, not just a person
    • o No repeat topics – List will be provided
    • o Year focus = 1945 – 1968
    • o There are two aspects of research to focus on:

  1. 1. Description of event
  2. 2. Importance of the event

Students will also design a slideshow of pictures that gives a visual representation of their paper (more on this in class)

Requirements: please keep in mind the following when completing the assignment:

  • § Papers must be formatted using MLA style (see class website)
  • § Papers must between 2-3 complete pages – double spaced, font 12 and Times New Roman with standard margins.
  • § Papers should have an introduction, body and conclusion - we will discuss this in class.
    • o Remember to underline your thesis!
    • § Papers should have a works cited page and each work should be cited in the paper at least once. (no minimum of sources)



Due Date: To be Announced

  • this paper will count as 100 points toward your 3rd quarter grade
    • 50 points writing (individual) ; 50 points Presentation (team)
  • A Rubric will also be given to each student that will explain how you will be graded.






Civil Rights Topics: these will be chosen on a ‘first come’ basis. If you would like to
select a topic that is not listed, please check with me first.

  1. 1. President Truman issues Executive Order 9808
  2. 2. Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in MLB
  3. 3. Brown v Board of Education 1954
  4. 4. White Citizens’ Council is organized
  5. 5. Lynching of Emmitt Till
  6. 6. Montgomery Bus Boycott
  7. 7. Southern Manifesto is issued
  8. 8. J. Edgar Hoover orders COINTELPRO started
  9. 9. Little Rock 9
  10. 10. Greensboro 4
  11. 11. Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is founded
  12. 12. Founding of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SLSC)
  13. 13. Freedom Rides
  14. 14. Albany Movement
  15. 15. Malcolm X becomes Head Minister of Nation of Islam
  16. 16. James Meredith and University of Mississippi
  17. 17. King writes Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  18. 18. Governor Wallace and ‘the stand in front of the school house door”
  19. 19. Birmingham Campaign
  20. 20. Medger Evers is murdered
  21. 21. March on Washington
  22. 22. Civil Rights Act of 1964
  23. 23. Voting Rights Act of 1965
  24. 24. Bloody Sunday March
  25. 25. Mississippi Burning - 3 civil right workers killed
  26. 26. Watts Race Riots of 1965
  27. 27. Loving v Virginia court decision
  28. 28. Detroit Riots of 1967
  29. 29. Movie and television breakthroughs by black actors/actresses
  30. 30. Founding of Black Panther Party
  31. 31. Assassination of Dr. King