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"Live in the Along": A Middle School Civil Rights Research and Presentation Project: Roles

This guide presents a sample unit illustrating the use of collaborative components in Destiny© and LibGuides for an 8th grade research and presentation project on Civil Rights.

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Choose Roles

Each team member will choose one role from the choices below. Teams with greater than four members will need to have some team members share one role.


A biographer gathers personal facts about your artist’s birthplace, education, upbringing, career, family life, and so on. Try to make educated guesses about how personal events may have influenced the artist’s work.


The critic examines public reactions to the artist’s works. Or, the critic might offer personal, well-reasoned opinions about whether the artist’s work was an effective expression of the artist’s own point of view or experiences.


Imagine that you are in charge of a museum that houses the novels, paintings, poems, dances, songs, or lectures by your chosen artist. The curator picks examples of an artist’s work and explains how the examples reflect the society in which the artist lived. You don’t need to reproduce actual copies of the works, but you need to be able to describe what’s important about them.


Historians try to examine the past by describing the chronological events that affected groups of people. Describe the politics, customs, traditions, conflicts, or social movements that existed during your artist’s lifetime.