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Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this African American history lesson, students compare and contrast the tactics employed by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. to combat segregation. Learners determine the strengths and weaknesses of each man's vision for ensuring African American rights.
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.
To enhance any unit on Malcolm X, racial equality, or the civil rights movement, use ideas in this resource to engage your visual learners and increase visual text literacy. Groups analyze cartoons from Bernard Doctor's book Malcolm X for Beginners that reflect sections from The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Note: Though obviously part of a superb literacy program, many of the referenced materials are not attached. Supplement as needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.