Civil Rights Movement Teacher Resources
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Students complete a worksheet and study key vocabulary while researching the biography of Jackie Robinson and the Civil Rights Movement. They chose another Civil Rights leader to investigate and present to the rest of the class before participating in a full class discussion.
Students discuss concepts of rights and responsibilities, review Bill of Rights and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, discuss Civil Rights Movement, and list categories of rights. Students then view and take notes on Ralph Bunche documentary, research beliefs and tactics of leaders of Civil Rights Movement, and research present-day human rights campaign.
Seventh graders explore the goals of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In this US History lesson, 7th graders read a newspaper article that reported a significant event during this era. Students write a summary of this event.
Students study the Civil Rights movement constructing definitions of discrimination, prejudice and racism. They use varied media to study the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, write a newspaper and complete a mock trial.
Students analyze the tensions that existed in American society during the Civil Rights Era as well as the problems that children experienced. They evaluate editorial cartoons dealing with the American Civil Rights movement to view the major aspects of this social movement.
Students consider the historic implications of Barack Obama's election. In this election of 2008 lesson, students research Obama's accomplishments and determine how his election signifies the success of the American Civil Rights Movement. Students also consider the role that race may have played in the election and write essays about their findings.
Students explore the concept of Rosa Parks. In this Rosa Parks lesson, students discuss who Rosa Parks was and the things that she accomplished. Students also discuss the Civil Rights Movement.
Young scholars construct a virtual tour of the civil rights movement. In this United States history lesson, students research various websites to find out more information about the events that took place in the specified cities. Young scholars research and write a draft about the significance of these locations during the Civil Rights Era. Students use "Google Earth" to construct a tour of each location.
High schoolers watch a video that highlights the role of artists' images throughout the history of Black music in the United States and describe the influences of the civil rights movement on Black culture.
Eleventh graders study Malcolm X and black power. In this African American lesson, 11th graders write a journal entry about black power and create a timeline of the events during the civil right movement.
Students investigate the Civil Rights movement through researching Melba Patillo. In this equality lesson, students discover the cause and effect behind the Civil Rights movement and the desegregation of public schools. Students read about Melba Patillo and write a paper on another important person from the movement.
Eleventh graders discuss the use of nonviolence. In this civil rights movement lesson, 11th graders write a journal entry on the differences between Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., discuss nonviolence and create a poster promoting nonviolence.
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.
Students identify the impact of the social injustices and Civil Rights movement on Cooke's life and career. They create lyrics to a familiar song that express a personal struggle or concern.
Sixth graders learn about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. In this civil rights movement lesson, 6th graders discuss Martin Luther King, Jr. and read a short biography about him. Students define the word discrimination and practice their note taking skills while reading The Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Shot.
Eleventh graders explore the Civil Rights Movement. In this civil rights lesson plan, students compare and contrast the nonviolent resistance promoted during the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Power Movement.
Sixth graders research the important people, places and events of the Civil Rights Movement using the Internet. They design a PowerPoint presentation, a brochure, and a website using the information from their research.
Students examine the attributes of civil rights leaders. In this Civil Rights Movement instructional activity, students design "body biographies" of selected civil rights leaders after they have conducted research and discussed the qualities of leaders.
Students learn freedom songs and discuss how the famous leaders of the Civil Rights Movement used them to motivate people to overcome adversity during this time. In this freedom songs lesson, students learn the songs and discuss their importance.
Learners make their own chalk art or poster that represents a protest sign. In this protest sign lesson plan, students look at signs from the Civil Rights movement and then make their own.