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Black Separatism or the Beloved Community? Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: A Common Solution?: Lesson Plan
High schoolers explore the ideological and political development of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X through primary source documents. They identify the various personal, social, and political factors that influenced Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X's leadership.
What’s in a Name? Understanding Malcolm X
Students study the life of Malcolm X. In this autobiography lesson, students read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, investigate and evaluate the time period of his life, and write an essay based on their reflections pertaining to his identity.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Quiz
In this The Autobiography of Malcolm X learning exercise, students determine the answers to a series of questions pertaining to the life of Malcolm X as presented in the work by Malcolm X and Alex Haley.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: the Book Versus the Movie
Students compare and contrast The Autobiography of Malcolm X to the film adaptation. In this Malcolm X lesson, students take notes as they view the film adaptation. Students write a comparative analysis and discuss the life and significance of Malcolm X.
Martin Luther King, Jr. vs. Malcolm X
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the visions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. For this African-American history lesson, 11th graders read speeches by each of the men and summarize the arguments made by each of them about promoting change for African-Americans.
City Desk with Malcolm X
Students view a film about civil rights and the role Malcolm X played in the civil rights movement. They create a timeling about the events that occured from segregation to integration. They discuss discrimination as well.
The Autobiography of Malcolm Study Questions & Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature instructional activity, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Students may check some of their answers online.
A Forum on Racism
Twelfth graders compare and contrast the work of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. In this racism lesson, 12th graders read The Autobiography of Malcolm X and discuss how Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. approached ending racism.
Integrated Unit on Grammar and Writing
Identify literary devices (alliteration, repetition, allusion, etc.) that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used in his "I Have a Dream" speech. Middle schoolers go on to identify the literarcy devices Malcolm X used in "The Ballot or the Bullet?" and analyze the effectiveness of the literary devices used in these speeches. Use this lesson plan to compare text structures within a genre.
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.
Six-Trait Writing Lesson Plan: Organization
Having a firm grasp on organization can help young authors write with purpose. Using this resource, they list the components of a narrative which include an introduction, body, and strong conclusion. They discuss how to implement these parts, and then identify those elements in an informational text on Malcolm X. The Six-Trait Writing Organization approach helps learners recognize the importance of paragraphs, sequencing, and transitions in writing.
Compare and contrast the ideologies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle schoolers conduct research regarding civil rights and rhetorical strategies used in political speechs. They examine the strategies that both men employed to fight injustice. The resource includes web links, photos, and handouts.
Decisions That Changed Our Lives: A Look At the African American Quest for Freedom and Rights
Students are introduced to the goals of abolitionists throughout history. In groups, they use the internet to discover the purpose of the Underground Railroad and why there were bus boycotts in the 1960s. They compare and contrast the messages of King, Jr. and Malcolm X to end the lesson.
Langston Hughes' Poetry
Reflect upon the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance by looking at some of Langston Hughes' works. "I, Too" and "American Heartbreak" are mentioned, as well as work by Malcolm X and Smokey Robinson. Specific questions help guide discussion and reading of the poems. The lesson format is a bit jumbled, but the questions offer good direction.
New! Celebrating African American/Black Leaders in History: Their Religions and Their Legacy
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the influence of their religious beliefs on their activism and their contributions to society. They will then arrange themselves into chronological order according to the accomplishments of the figures they researched and peer-teach their group's findings to their classmates.
In this famous leaders worksheet, students read a passage about Malcolm X and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
Malcolm X and Race Relations
High schoolers read sections of Malcolm X's autobiography. In groups, they create a poster which highlights the events in his life and explains his philosophy on race relations. They present their poster to the class and answer any questions posed to them.
Introduction to Music of the Civil Rights Era
Students summarize the major events of the Civil Rights Movement. They examine leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X and what they did for the movement. They also listen to music from the Civil Rights Era and their functions.
Straight to the Source
Research famous figures from history through the primary sources they created! Explore how these types of documents can enrich our study of the past with your middle and high school learners. They create picture books to illustrate various types of primary sources. There are many opportunities and suggestions for research included here.