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The inspiring and harrowing stories of Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King, and Amelia Boynton are transcribed in these pages, lending a true voice to the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. These pages would make an excellent reader's theater in class, and lend well to a writing assignment on the women of the Civil Rights Movement.
Students form conclusions regarding the motivational effects of music on the mind during the Civil Rights era. In this Civil Rights movement lesson, students describe how music motivates, describe the motivational role in freedom songs played during the Civil Rights movement, explain how music affects the mind, and evaluate the importance of service to the community. Students complete a research paper for assessment.
Students examine the context of a speech delivered by Barack Obama. In this African-American history lesson, students discuss the 15th Amendment and the American Civil Rights Movement prior to analyzing Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union." Students compose essays that note how African-Americans have made contributions to the United States.
Students make connections with events of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's with songs made popular by Aretha Franklin.
Students study segregation. In this social studies instructional activity, students research racial equality in schools and the civil rights movement. Students read about Jim Crow laws, early desegregation and Clemson University.
Learners examine various perspectives of the Civil Rights Movement. In this American history lesson, students view several kinds of primary sources including political cartoons, news articles and music to explore different perspectives of the Civil Rights Movement.
Students explore the civil rights movement of the 1950's - 1960's. They investigate the importance of the civil rights movement and the reaction of the southern people. Students observe a video. They discuss civil rights issues.
Ninth graders examine the role of culture in society. After viewing a painting, they expand their knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. They analyze the era by reading poetry and listening to music. They create a visual image to construct a portrait of an aspect from the present day.
High schoolers examine role spirituals have played in African American history and religion, examine Harriet Tubman's use of spirituals in her work, explore power of spirituals in Civil Rights Movement, and work with oral tradition, biography, and song.
Using the linked graphic organizer (below), students view, identify and discuss five images of famous women associated with the Civil Rights Movement. This activity does not include any question on its own, and would be used most efficiently in the context of the additional "Women of the Civil Rights Movement" documents, which are linked with the graphic organizer.
A transcript of an interview with Ella Baker, a central figure in African American politics, pairs well with a graphic organizer (linked below). As a group, students will learn much about the feminine presence during the Civil Rights Movement, and how integral it was to modern-day civil rights.
Eighth graders utilize many sources (books, computer, magazines, etc...) to research the eras of the Emancipation Proclamation and Civil Rights Movement and create a T-Chart comparison.
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., Robert Kennedy, and George Wallace with small groups, share their findings using the jigsaw strategy, and wrap up with a poster project and individual writing. Materials, ideas for differentiation, and routines are included in this strong, collaborative, and focused Common Core designed lesson.
"You've got to keep the whites and blacks separate!" In an attempt to keep students segregated, Bull Connor actually revived the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Learn about his efforts, Martin Luther King Junior's responses, and Kennedy's influence from office.
Tenth graders investigate three American leaders from the Civil Rights Movement while they examine the early 1960's and the topic of racial equality. They listen to music from the era, read speeches, and look at images of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and John F. Kennedy. Finally, they write and share paragraphs that describe the final moments of each of the three men's lives.
Students summarize the major events of the Civil Rights Movement. They examine leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X and what they did for the movement. They also listen to music from the Civil Rights Era and their functions.
Students explore the actions of people involved in the Civil Rights Movement. They explore the reasons for the movement and its successes and failures, and explain the sacrifices made by those who participated in the movement.
Students explain how Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man. They discuss how her actions were heroic and how they affected the civil rights movement. They reflect on the lesson in journal entries.
Students explore Andrew Young and his role alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Civil Rights Movement.
High schoolers view a film, "Dawn's Early Light: Ralph McGill and the Segregated South." As groups of students observe the movie, they list key dates, significant persons interviewed, and cultural characteristics. Upon completion of the movie, high schoolers create a timeline of McGills life, a timeline the Civil Rights movement, and write a biographical sketch of important people. Students discuss cultural changes.