Civil Rights Movement Teacher Resources
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RBG Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Studies Lesson Plan-Guide
Explore Martin Luther King Jr. Students listen to a speech given by Martin Luther King, and interpret his message. They discuss civil rights and how Martin Luther King Jr. exhibited good citizenship, then brainstorm ways in which they...
1st - 6th Social Studies & History
The Power of Nonviolence: The Children's March
What was the Children's Crusade and how did it impact the civil rights movement in the United States? Your young learners will learn about this incredible event through a variety of instructional activities, from reading a poem and...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Making More Places at the Table: The American Civil Rights Movement of the 50's and 60's
Eleventh graders examine the biography of Henry B. Gonzalez. They examine primary source documents from Congressman Gonzalez's personal papers related to his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
11th Social Studies & History
Civil Rights Movement in America
Eleventh graders explore the Civil Rights movement as a culmination of history and cultural perspectives developed from the Slave Trade and Reconstruction. They identify leading persons and organizations and their personal philosophy to...
11th Social Studies & History
Freedom Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Fifth graders analyze freedom songs sung during the Civil Rights Movement. In this historical music lesson, 5th graders sing and understand the musical concepts within freedom songs. Students also analyze the songs' meanings and...
5th Visual & Performing Arts
Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement
Students investigate who Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. were. They study the impact of the Civil Rights Movement and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Each student designs through pictures and/or words how they make a better place.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Strength and Voices: Engaging Scenario – Lights camera, action! Day 1
This task is somewhat incomplete, yet if matched with the larger unit, it could be a helpful way to start off a great project. Learners work in groups to create and research a film documentary on civil rights. This project is based on...
7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Centers of the Storm: The Lyceum and the Circle at the University of Mississippi
Greek Revival architecture and the Civil Rights Movement? Sure! Examine how the Lyceum and Circle, two historic buildings located on the campus of the University of Mississippi, relate to integration and the 1962 riot on the university...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Individuals Making a Difference
The focus of this, the third in a five-lesson unit study of human rights, is on individuals who made a difference. Billy Bowlegs, Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Fannie Lou Hamer, Michi Weglyn, and Yuri Koshiyama are some of the people class members...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Perspectives and Point of View: Engaging Scenario Unit 1
In groups Middle schoolers work together to analyze texts and author's perspective across media types. They read the Langston Hughes poem, "I Look at the World" and speeches from JFK and MLK. They create a multi-media presentation...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Let Freedom Ring: The Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Learners use text and photos to visualize the delivery of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have A Dream" speech. They analyze Dr. King's speech for examples of imagery and allusion and create original poetry and illustrations...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence
Using the book, Martin's Big Words, learners will discover the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vocabulary is identified throughout the story by using several his famous protest speeches as examples. Class discussions on racism, during...
K - 5th Social Studies & History
Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" Speech
Invite your class to investigate racism and civil rights by analyzing the great Dr. Martin Luther King's speech. Your learners will read the words from the "I Have a Dream" speech and analyze the political and racial overtones. They will...
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts