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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 instructional activity.
Young scholars study the Orangeburg Massacre. In this social studies lesson, students discuss the Civil Rights Movement and the protest movements that took place. Young scholars examine the events that led up to the Orangeburg Massacre at South Carolina State University.
Determine how African-Americans have broken barriers in this history instructional activity. Middle schoolers discuss the 15th Amendment and the American civil rights movement prior to analyzing Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union," taking care to evaluate the speaker's argument. Then they compose essays of their own regarding social change.
Music tells fascinating stories when it comes to wartime protest. Researchers analyze some familiar tunes to determine what they reveal about the political and social climate of Vietnam War-era America. They also discuss ways music operates as a protest tool. Kids will enjoy the linked PowerPoint, which features Lady Gaga as a discussion starter to get scholars thinking about what current music trends reveal about modern society. The presentation also discusses strategies for song analysis, and you may consider having learners take notes. They analyze a protest song (linked) together using a graphic organizer and then choose one of their own from one of the linked resources, preparing a presentation to explain its significance to the class. Use the rubric for easier assessment!
Brown vs. Board of Education was a landmark case, but what other cases were influenced by its decision? By researching 1 of 14 civil rights legislative events, scholars follow this court case through recent events. Keeping in mind 6 questions to guide research, students must come up with a way to present what they have found in a creative way (some are listed). Consider assigning these to ensure not everyone chooses the same topic. May need more structure for some students.
Students examine the issue of segregation. In this civil rights instructional activity, students use primary sources and pictorial images to explore the issue of segregation in the 1950's. Students work collaboratively and take positions to better understand the complexity of the geo-cultural concept.
Students interview people who witnessed the civil rights movement firsthand and summarize their discussion. They participate in a simulation to experience the thoughts and emotions of the era. Students create a persona of a person who is affected by the Civil Rights Movement, either for or against, use the informtion from research, class discussions, and their interviews to help build their charcter's personality.
Provided here are activities and questions for Part I of To Kill a Mockingbird (although one activity is also included for Part II). Readers study the novel's plot, characters, and setting. I wouldn't recommend using this as the sole source of analysis, but you could combine these activities with others to create a well-rounded unit.