Freedom Summer

DCPS educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan for grades K-12 that integrates the pivotal PBS documentary Freedom Summer. Although plans may incorporate or be similar to strategies that have been developed and used by other teachers, they must be distinctive in their application.

Freedom Summer | American Experience | PBS

A historic effort in the summer of 1964 to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.



A cover sheet must include the following:

  • Title of the Lesson
  • Teacher Name and School
  • Contact Information: including Email and Cell Phone
  • Target Grade Level
  • Time Needed
  • Lesson Objective(s)
  • Materials/Resources (in addition to required PBS documentary)
  • Assessment  


Lesson Plans will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Clearly stated goals and objectives that reflect Common Core and DCPS standards
  • Sufficient detail presented in a logical sequence
  • Adherence to content focus (PBS Documentary)
  • Originality  (approach, strategies, or assessment)
  • Developmentally appropriate instructional strategies that align with stated objectives
  • Evidence of differentiation for learning style and skill level
  • Identifiable student engagement
  • Formal and informal assessment for formative and summative purposes


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  • Joe Weedon
    published this page in News & Events 2021-01-24 18:51:14 -0500

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