This information has been designed to guide teachers as students learn about Mississippi history, especially the events that surround Meridian.

How to use these curriculum ideas

The curriculum is the Freedom School Curriculum. It was written with third and ninth grade Mississippi history students in mind. The Civil Rights Trail page is an excellent resource for the curriculum. It includes images, expanded content, maps, trail marker videos, and more. Teachers and students may utilize electronic tablets or smartphones to scan a QR code (included on each of the 18 trail markers) which will lead directly to a video that elaborates on the historical events that took place at that specific location.

Media samples, songs, and videos are included  in the resource selection and can be viewed online. Teachers are encouraged to utilize these resources for supplemental media. Teachers may consider partnering with the music faculty for the music section of this curriculum, or possibly consider allowing your ninth grade students to create lessons for the third grade students as part of their research.



Special thanks to The Riley Foundation for the Summer Work Program Internships.
Interns for this project: Laura Huff and Jesica Estes.
Project Directors: Dede Mogollon, Executive Director of Meridian/Lauderdale Tourism, and Charlotte B. Tabereaux, Ph.D., Education Director, MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts

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