Civil Rights Movement Teacher Resources

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In this Rosa Parks instructional activity, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about Rosa Parks. Students complete 10 activities total.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the American Civil Rights Era. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this African American history instructional activity, students compare and contrast the tactics employed by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. to combat segregation. Students determine the strengths and weaknesses of each man's vision for ensuring African American rights.
First graders discover the contributions of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges in the Civil Rights Movement. Books and recordings are used to help students explain how important they were in the movement.
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 instructional activity.
Students investigate, through interviews, personal reflection and research, the impact on the past, present and future of 20th century historic events in the United States.
Students view the "I Have A Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. They use the Internet to research Martin Luther King's life and work.
Students recognize the power of protest. In this civil rights lesson, students consider the success of Rosa Parks and her protest that sparked the movement. Students study the Montgomery Bus Boycott in depth and reflect on Parks's contribution to the movement.
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.
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. 
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.
Ninth graders study the American Civil Rights Movement. In this social justice lesson plan, 9th graders read "Making History," and discuss the decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case. Students then take the provided Civil Rights test.
Students write about their opinions on civil rights based on their research of the Freedom Riders of 1961. In this Freedom Riders lesson plan, students analyze primary and secondary sources of the people who were often beaten simply because they tried to ride the bus.
Middle schoolers 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.
Eleventh graders explore the various roles that Eleanor Roosevelt took on.  In this US History lesson, 11th graders analyze the views that Eleanor Roosevelt held as an advocate for social justice.  Students evaluate her contributions to this new political role for women.
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 examine how race played a critical role in Lena Horne's life. They conduct Internet research, participate in a class debate, write a letter, and create a presentation based on their Internet research.
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.
Students learn about civil rights in the 1960's.  In this equality lesson, students watch a United Streaming video segment on civil rights and discuss it.  Students read a speech by JFK and one by John Lewis and discuss their contents. 
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.