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Students examine the roles of prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement. In this civil rights lesson, students watch segments of the video A Time for Justice. Students conduct further research on Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, A. Philip Randolph, Rosa Parks, and Thurgood Marshall.
Who do your scholars imagine when they think about the civil rights movement? If only a few faces come to mind, this instructional activity will expand their concepts of the movement's leaders. Learners examine an image of the 1963 March on Washington, then small groups jigsaw primary sources to "add to the picture." Differentiate instruction by assigning documents according to literacy levels. The class reviews an excerpt from the "I Have a Dream" speech, and fills in a worksheet. The worksheet link is down.
Learners examine samples of print news coverage in 1990 and now in order to determine whether full, balanced coverage of the issues is present, or if government and presidential policy is prevalent. In this news influences lesson, students respond to the 4 activities in their journals and use information from the articles to debate the issues of the 1991 Gulf War and the war with Iraq. Learners write essays for the lesson.
An excellent tool for organizing information, these cards contain information about different events in the Civil Rights Movement. Students can work individually or as a group to read their given passages. Once they have finished reading, they list the "who, what, and where" of each passage. This activity is not only a good tool for historical information, but a great way to transition students into writing essays about the information they discover.
Hands-on stations in which groups of primary learners experience what mirrors can do provide opportunities for experimenting and authentic discovery. Recording their observations in complete sentences seems age-inappropriate. Drawing what they see in the mirrors and sharing verbally with the class is more realistic. Clear directions for setting up each station.
Seventh graders become familiar with historical trends by studying the period from 1880-1948. In this After Reconstruction lesson, 7th graders participate in a research project and emcee a panel discuss similar to Meet the Press. Students locate events in African American history highlighting problems of African Americans.