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Here is a fantastic resource on the civil rights movement! It includes reading materials and worksheets, and particularly highlights major legislation and the role of the judicial branch in the federal government in addressing the violation of individual rights.
Your young historians will learn about the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the nature of Jim Crow laws from those in the community who experienced it first-hand.
Young scholars conduct research on the Civil Rights Movement and participants in order to create an encyclopedia with alphabetical articles about some of the leaders and the ordinary people who made a difference in the movement. The articles for the encyclopedia are written so first-graders are able to read and understand.
Students examine protest music and songs from the Civil Rights movement. In this music of the Civil Rights era lesson, students listen to selected music before working in groups to determine who the music was directed at, what social ills the lyrics were addressing, and what affect the music had. They write an essay using music and a primary source document.
Students create encyclopedias for the American Civil Rights Movement. In this 20th century American history lesson, students research the contributions of lesser and well-known civil rights activists and write encyclopedia entries featuring their findings. 
Learners investigate the message of Martin Luther King Jr. and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. They explore various websites, conduct Internet research, and develop a presentation that analyzes an event and place of the Civil Rights Movement.
In this American Civil Rights learning exercise, students respond to 40 multiple choice questions about the important events and people of the movement.
A geographic perspective helps historians learn about significant eras such as the civil rights movement. Through research and source analysis, learners create a report depicting a significant location of this time. They synthesize their findings into a visual display. Working with the school librarian, they work through effective researching and use of search engines (other than Google). No worksheets are included.
Students evaluate the Kennedy Administration's involvement in the civil rights movement. In this Civil rights instructional activity, students read and take notes from speeches connected to the historic March on Washington from the National Archives in a jigsaw format. Students write editorial articles from the perspective of different newspapers commenting on the speeches.
Was nonviolent resistance the best means of securing civil rights for black Americans in the 1960s? In this highly engaging and informative lesson, your young historians will closely analyze several key documents from the civil rights movement, including criticisms of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s political demonstrations in Birmingham. They will also listen to an excerpt from King's renowned "I Have a Dream" speech, and evaluate the pros and cons of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience in a class debate.
In this Civil Rights worksheet, students take a pre-test, review vocabulary, see a timeline, discuss how to overcome racism and much more in this 22 page lesson with blackline masters.
Students examine the issue of segregation. In this civil rights lesson, students use primary sources and pictorial images to explore the issue of segregation in the 1950's. Students work collaboratively and take positions to better understand the complexity of the geo-cultural concept.
Learners make their own chalk art or poster that represents a protest sign. In this protest sign lesson plan, students look at signs from the Civil Rights movement and then make their own.
Students become familiar with the work of Jacob Lawrence and the visual narrative.  In this Jacob Lawrence Civil Rights lesson, students discover the importance of the Civil Rights movement and how this information can be told in a visual narrative. Students dissect the primary photos and create a visual image.
Tenth graders examine the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's and how American Jews were involved. They discuss the responsibilities of any minority or ethnic group. They consider the process of change in politics as well.
After comparing and contrasting non-violent and violent social movements, your young historians will take a closer look at the work and influence of John Lewis on the civil rights movement. They will then choose a current social justice movement to study and present to the class using a variety of creative options.
Tenth graders evaluate the role and consequences of civil disobedience compared to other forms of protest in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. They use Henry David Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience," to delvelop their knowledge of the concept. Pupils define the term "civil disobedience" and give an example.
Students evaluate selected songs as effective tools for social protest and as an historical documents and describe the role music played in the civil rights movement of the 1960s;
Students identify and acquire an understanding of what the Civil Rights Movement consisted of, the issues that sparked the Movement, the people who participated and the events that occurred during the Movement. They also identify how to analyze and interpret photographs and make inferences. Students then demonstrate what they learned and express it in some form of writing.
Eleventh graders explore, analyze and study the background to America's Civil Rights Movement through the court system, mass protest, public opinion, political cartoons and legislation. They research Rosa Parks, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka and Martin Luther King, Jr.