Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair(s)

Julia Gossard


Julia Gossard


Chris Babits


Lawrence Culver


This plan B project is a series of lesson plans focusing on the Civil Rights Movement in Utah. These lessons are designed to give students a broad understanding of the Civil Rights Movement as well as the tools and knowledge to understand how the Civil Rights Movement manifested in Utah. To fulfill this goal these lesson plans focus on local and lesser-known history. This will allow students to gain an understanding of how the movement operated in Utah and how it relates to their own lives.

These lessons use the Stanford: Reading Like a Historian framework by the Stanford History Education Group. This framework focuses on teaching students to investigate historical questions, assess perspectives on the past, and how to create and evidence historical claims. This framework allows students to build their own relationship with our nation's past as well as teach them the skills to engage with sources--both historical and contemporary. By emphasizing these skills, these lesson plans will prepare students for lifetime civic engagement which is essential for a healthy democratic society.In addition, these lesson plans are designed to fulfill state standards for the Utah Core U.S. History II curriculum as well as the National College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards. This will allow this project to create substantial contributions to be used in Utah classrooms.


To begin, first read the introduction which will orient you to the structure and form that this Plan b project took. Afterwards, each lesson can be found in its own folder with its accompanying excerpts and worksheets. The curricular map shows when each lesson will be taught over the course of the month. This map pairs with the “Logic for the Curricular Map” section on the introduction which explains how each lesson relates to and builds off of each other.

Additional Files

Jace Jones (702 kB)
Zip file containing lesson plans and all supplemental materials.