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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 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. 
High schoolers investigate the role of religion in the Civil Rights Movement. In this religion and ethics instructional activity, students explore the separation of church and state as they examine how religious faith has inspired social change in the United States.
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.
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.
Learners interview people who witnessed the civil rights movement firsthand and summarize their discussion. They participate in a simulation to experience the thoughts and emotions of the era. Students create a persona of a person who is affected by the Civil Rights Movement, either for or against, use the informtion from research, class discussions, and their interviews to help build their charcter's personality.
Students analyze historic rulings that played roles in the Civil Rights Movement. In this civil right lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding Plessy v. Ferguson, Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, Weatt v. Painter, and Brown v. Board of Education. Students also discuss the role of activists in political and social movements.
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.
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 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.
Young scholars explore the civil rights movement through historical narratives. In this civil rights lesson, students are randomly separated into two groups. Young scholars research the civil rights movements using two sets of materials; one for each group. Students are discriminated against in an attempt to appreciate the reasons behind the civil rights movement.
Students view film footage of the Ku Klux Klan in the U.S. in the early 1920s and examine how the actions of the KKK have been viewed by different strands of the civil rights movement. They watch the film and answer discussion questions, and in pairs write captions for the newsreel from the point of view of different civil rights leaders.
Students participate in a roundtable discussion by taking on the persona of someone who lived and experienced the Civil Rights Movement.
Students identify, research, and discuss similarities between the Civil Rights Movement and the grassroots hip hop movement in America.
Students explore the events of the Civil Rights Movement. In this research skills lesson, students research the important figures, events, and ideas of the American Civil Rights Movement as they visit suggested websites that feature images, videos, and primary documents. Students create PowerPoint presentations based on their research.
Students explore music that exemplified the Civil Rights Movement. In this music and history lesson plan, students research 1960's protest songs, Motown recorded music, and rap of the 1990's to consider the power of music and its reflection on the social conscience.
Students research Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson then utilize their findings to determine what each of the three Presidents contributed to the Civil Rights Movement.  In this U.S. History lesson, students work in small groups to create a poster and a Venn Diagram that depicts their findings.
Learners investigate the events that led to the Civil Rights Movement and the attributes of the movement that led to its success using the Jigsaw method.