Civil Rights Movement Teacher Resources
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Use the historical account of Claudette Colvin to study civil rights and connect past injustices to modern issues. As learners read, they examine chapter titles, record quotes, and participate in discussion. Use any of the great prompts provided, including post-reading questions.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Creating a Civil Rights Quilt
After individually researching the lives of amazing individuals who fought for equality during the civil rights movement, your learners will each design a square to be added to a class civil rights quilt that represents a prominent figures from the movement.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolent Resistance
Was nonviolent resistance the best means of securing civil rights for black Americans in the 1960s? In this highly engaging and informative instructional activity, your young historians will closely analyze several key documents from the civil rights movement, including criticisms of Martin Luther King, Jr.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Can the World be a Fair and Just Place?
Introduce various perspectives of the civil rights movement to your middle schoolers by having them take on roles in groups. They read a projected excerpt describing a house (linked) from either the perspective of a real estate agent or a burglar, memorizing relevant facts about it without taking notes.
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Should School be a Place for Debate?
Ostensibly about the 1955-1965 Civil Rights Movement, this resource is actually the first of a series of 24 lessons that model for learners how to examine multiple perspectives, as well as the evidence used to support a particular stance. An additional exercise has pairs practice developing discussions by offering arguments for and against the basic question, "Should school be a place for debate?
7th - 10th English Language Arts
Keep Your Eye On the Prize
High schoolers learn about citizens who were actively involved in the civil rights movement, and the strategies they used to overcome the Jim Crow laws that were so prevalent in the 1960s. They investigate the voting amendments of the US Constitution, and apply these ammendments during a hands-on simulation.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Road to Civil Rights
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
John Lewis: Non-Violent Activism
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.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
African American Civil Rights Movement
An excellent resource defines the African-American Civil Rights Movement from the early 1900s through the legacy left in modern times. Every major date, event, and key player is described under clear overarching categories. The NAACP, legal victories, political changes, and activists that made the Civil Rights Movement are discussed.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Martin Luther King Jr.: His Legacy as Seen Through the Mississippi Summer Freedom Project
Invite your middle schoolers to analyze the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will research selected Internet websites regarding the CORE and the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. Your class will extend their research using primary sources on major civil rights events and write essays regarding the CORE murders' effects on the civil rights movement.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
Ethos, Logos, & Pathos in Civil Rights Movement Speeches
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members will fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Civil Rights Movement Encyclopedia
Middle schoolers 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Ordinary People, Ordinary Places: The Civil Rights Movement
High schoolers 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Historical Locations 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.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History
Experiences of the Civil Rights Movement: A Roundtable Project
Students 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Citizenship Schools and Civic Education During the Civil Rights Movement and in the Present
Your young historians will discover the importance that citizenship education has played in the social progress of the United States as they learn about early efforts to discourage African Americans from voting in the 1960s.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fifth graders research the highlights of Martin Luther King Jr's life. They gain an understanding of the Jim Crow Laws and The Civil Rights Movement, as well as becoming familiar with Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech. Groups of learners create a time line of the ten most significant events in his life.
5th English Language Arts
20th Century Civil Rights Movement Documentary: A Multimedia Project
Groups collaborate to create historical documentaries. In this American Civil Rights lesson, groups research primary and secondary sources about the events and people pertinent to the movement in the 1950s and 1960s. They then use Windows Movie Maker to create classroom presentations to share with their classmates.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Celebrating African American/Black Leaders in History: Their Religions and Their Legacy
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable