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- Aubra L., Teacher
- Townsend, MT
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Students discuss the reasons why people are less likely to take a stand on issues today than they were in the past. In groups, they research the efforts of Kings, Parks and others to end discrimination and racism. They read excerpts of the efforts of children during the Civil Rights movement and choose a campaign from a list to research and take a stand. They present their ideas to the class to end the lesson.
Sixth graders investigate Civil Rights by participating in role-playing activities. In this U.S. History instructional activity, 6th graders research the history of slavery in order to portray a story through their debating and acting abilities. Students practice using vocabulary terms from the slavery era.
Seventh graders define race, ethnic group, and culture. They identify the ways in which words are used in political cartoons and examine the way visual elements in a cartoon determine the meaning of words and enhance their impact. They explain the concept of stereotyping.
Students complete activities with the book Boycott Blues by Andrea Davis. In this Rosa Parks instructional activity, students listen to the story and look at Rosa's contribution to the Montgomery bus boycott. They look at life during segregation and discuss Civil Rights leaders.
Students examine the rate of institutional racism in the United States. Individually, they write in their journals about how they can make better choices and increase their self-esteem. Using historical documents, they identify the amendments focusing on human rights and why amendments were needed. In groups, they analyze different amendments and identify the changes brought about because of the Civil Rights Movement.
Fifth graders explore nonviolent protest walks. In this social movements lesson, 5th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to examine the power of marches that were employed in women's rights, civil rights, and veterans' rights. Links are provided to Library of Congress primary sources as well as other files and documents.
Students study African Americans. In this American history lesson, students play a scavenger hunt game reading and figuring out who each person the clues are describing, research an African American individual who contributed greatly to American society, and write a persusive letter showing how the person has had a lasting impact on American society.
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a timeline of Dr. King's life, create a travel brochure for the King Center, design a commercial starring Jesse Owens, design a baseball card for Jackie Robinson, and create a poster illustrating an African American woman's accomplishments.
Young scholars brainstorm and discuss what the concept of "fairness" is and how to identify examples of "fairness." They pull from historical fiction and the Civil Rights Movement to explain how individual are affected by, cope with, and create change. Each student focuses in on Dr. Martin Luther King's philosophy on this concept and create an educational poster about the importance of civil rights for all Americans.