9-12 U.S. History Arkansas

Murder of Emmett Till

This inquiry leads students through an examination of whether there is a time limit on pursuing justice in decades-old civil rights-era lynching cases. By investigating the compelling question “Is it ever too late for justice?” students evaluate primary sources about the murder of Emmett Till and address the issue of whether the passage of time essentially closes the book on cases where justice was not served.  The formative performance tasks help students build knowledge and practice skills so they can answer the supporting questions.  Students create an evidence-based argument to answer the compelling question.