About the Teaching Guide
This companion teaching guide to the documentary offers instructional tools to enable students to gain a greater understanding of the Civil Rights Movement as a sustained, collective effort of regular people and the power of civic engagement through the action of each individual.
Included in this guide are discussion questions, activities and assignment ideas that aim to spark critical thinking and reflection on the themes of prejudice, hate, hope and courage. These themes are introduced through the activities of John Stokes and others who offer first-person accounts of their response to racial injustice in the small town of Farmville, Virginia.
Mr. Stokes' Mission study guide is endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies and meets the following standards: Creating Effective Citizens; Curriculum Guidelines for Multicultural Education; and Fostering Civic Virtue: Character Education in the Social Studies, among others.