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New Review Living History: Local Voices of the Civil Rights Movement
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.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 14 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 24 Views 199 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 lesson, 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 56 Views 46 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 38 Views 80 Downloads
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 7 Views 32 Downloads
The Civil Rights Movement Encyclopedia
Students 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 46 Views 99 Downloads
Ordinary People, Ordinary Places: The Civil Rights Movement
Students 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 13 Views 49 Downloads
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 10 Views 42 Downloads
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 3 Views 14 Downloads
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 7 Views 29 Downloads
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 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
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 46 Views 35 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review 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 Language Arts 6 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Designed
In the Shadows, Agents of Change
Most of your learners have probably heard of Martin Luther King, Jr., or Cesar Chavez, but could they also recognize the names of Betty Friedan or Dolores Huerta? Give your learners the opportunity to discover the many accomplishments of women who played a key role during the civil rights movement.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads 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 Language Arts 3 Views 27 Downloads
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 Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
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 Language Arts 181 Views 317 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review 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 8 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 8 Views 128 Downloads
The Civil Rights Movement
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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 25 Views 47 Downloads