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Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Power of Nonviolence
Students examine the philosophy of nonviolence developed by Martin Luther King, Jr. and how this turned into practice during the Civil Rights Movement. They compare these teachings to those of Mohandas K. Ghandi.
Civil Disobedience During the Civil Rights Movvement
Tenth graders evaluate the role and consequences of civil disobedience compared to other forms of protest in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. They use Henry David Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience," to delvelop their knowledge of the concept. Pupils define the term "civil disobedience" and give an example.
I Have a Metaphor
Learners locate the literary devices used in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In this figurative language lesson plan, students first distinguish between similes, metaphors, analogies, personification, etc. Learners watch a video of Dr. King's speech and work in groups work to locate any figurative language included in the speech. Students create a presentation to share with the class what they learned.
What Do You Think? Analyzing Points of View About an Issue
"How might multiple perspectives of standardized testing impact me as a student?" is an example of an essential question that a researcher might use as a basis for this lesson on how to research and present a written stance on a controversial issue. The school librarian models searches of print and non-print resources and the teacher models perspective development and citation format.
Ban That Book!
Take advantage of Banned Book Week to pique students' interest and get them reading! Create a classroom display of previously banned books and allow each member of your class to choose one to read. After they have read their book, get into the school library and do some research. Why was the book banned? Who was behind the censorship? As a final assessment, class members write a persuasive essay defending their book or urging the school or local library to ban the book.
Secret Life of Bees Research
The Secret Life of Bees provides high schoolers an opportunity to connect the events in the novel to events in America’s history. After choosing a topic from a provided list, individuals research how the event affected the Civil Rights Movement in this country. Directions for direct instruction, modeling, guided and independent practice, as well as activities, a template for self-assessment, and a project rubric are included.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott: A Model for Social Transformation
Students discuss Rosa Parks and the Montgomery busy boycott by examining the boycott handbill and Rosa Park's arrest report. They compare both documents and complete the Document Analysis Worksheet. They research the consequences of hero making in history.
Can the U.S. Supreme Court correct past mistakes?
Students examine several Supreme Court cases. In this lesson on US Justice, students take a critical look at Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education in terms of the application of the 14th Amendment. Students then act as lawyers and file a brief that demonstrates their personal position on the subject of 14th Amendment rights and violations.
New Voices for African Americans
Eleventh graders study Malcolm X and black power. In this African American lesson plan, 11th graders write a journal entry about black power and create a timeline of the events during the civil right movement.
Nonviolent Resistance: Gandhi and King
High schoolers use the internet to research the major events and dates of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. In groups, they use this information to create a poster to present to the class. They reflect on how these two men were successful in using non-violent protests to get their point across to the public.
Martin Luther King Activity Worksheet and Progress Test
In this Martin Luther King activity and progress test worksheet, students respond to a total of 20 multiple choice, matching and fill-in-the-blank questions pertaining to Martin Luther King
Dr. King and His Advice for Dreams Deferred
Young scholars analyze Dr. King's public addresses and Langston Hughes' poetry as a study of the Civil Rights' nonviolent approach to making an impact. In this protesting lesson, students read poetry of Hughes and speeches by Dr. King as a study of ways to productively and nonviolently impact change.
African Americans in California’s Heartland – The Civil Rights Era
Eleventh graders explore the Civil Rights Movement. In this civil rights lesson, students compare and contrast the nonviolent resistance promoted during the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Power Movement.
Civil Rights Leaders
Students explore racism in America by researching historic victories for equality. In this African American leaders activity, students discuss the contributions Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. made while reading a timeline. Students listen to King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the Internet.
The Autobiography of . . . Me
Students examine the accomplishments of African Americans. After being introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography, they create a timeline of their lives. They use those events to write their own autobiography to share with the class.
The Story Of American Freedom
Students investigate the concept of American freedom with the use of primary sources of images in order to derive meaning. The images are used to inspire research and writing about historical scenes. The writing and analysis of the images are finally presented to the whole class.
The Children's crusade & the Role of Youth in the African American Freedom Struggle
High schoolers research on contributions to the freedom struggle of African Americans made by people who are not in our history books. They read and interpret primary source documents and consider the impact young people can have on history.
Regents High School Examination: United States History and Government, June 19, 2007
For this United States history and government standardized test practice worksheet, learners respond to 50 multiple choice, 1 essay, and 14 short answer questions that require them to review their knowledge of history and government in the United States.
The Language of the Civil Rights Movement:
Tenth graders study the poetry of the US Civil Rights movement and the Black Arts movement over a 12 day period. They author a website showing works of poetry that students have chosen to analyze and relate to these movements.
The Language of the Civil Rights Movement
Tenth graders develop a website documenting poetry integral during the civil rights movement in the United States. Working in pairs, 10th graders research the people and poetry of that was prevalent during the civil rights movement. They analyze the poetry for content and theme. Taking their research, student pairs create a website featuring their information and analysis.