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Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this African American history 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.
Students 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.
Students study the life of Malcolm X. In this autobiography lesson plan, 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.
In this The Autobiography of Malcolm X worksheet, learners 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.
Students compare and contrast The Autobiography of Malcolm X to the film adaptation. In this Malcolm X instructional activity, students take notes as they view the film adaptation. Students write a comparative analysis and discuss the life and significance of Malcolm X.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the visions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. In 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.
Young scholars 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.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Students may check some of their answers online.
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.
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.
In this famous leaders activity, learners 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.
Students 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.
Analyze visual texts and describe, in writing, what makes them persuasive. Middle schoolers identify the use of persuasive appeals in formal speech writing, and analyze famous speeches from the 20th century. Use these speeches to focus on evaulating the speaker's argument.
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 plan format is a bit jumbled, but the questions offer good direction.
Tenth graders investigate three American leaders from the Civil Rights Movement while they examine the early 1960's and the topic of racial equality. They listen to music from the era, read speeches, and look at images of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and John F. Kennedy. Finally, they write and share paragraphs that describe the final moments of each of the three men's lives.
Students discuss lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, examine the different ways they approached civil rights, and write essays comparing the effectiveness of their approaches.
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.
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 to compare text structures within a genre.
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.
Learners 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 instructional activity.