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Protecting the Emmett Till Memorial

Subject English Language Arts — Speaking and Listening, Social Studies — Current Events, US History
Grade Level Grades 6-8
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Standards Alignment
NGA Center/CCSSO
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Attribution Non-commercial NoDerivative

CC (BY-NC-ND)

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A Mississippi memorial to a teenage boy murdered on the banks of the Tallahatchie River has been rededicated for the fourth time. Emmett Till was an African American boy from Chicago visiting his Southern relatives when he was kidnapped and killed by two white men. Images from the horrific act helped to start the Civil Rights movement. Since the 1955 killing, three memorials have been installed to honor Emmett Till, but all have been vandalized. Listen to hear the director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission explain why the group decided to put up a fourth marker and how it will be protected.

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Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

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