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Eleventh graders explore, analyze and study the background to America's Civil Rights Movement through the court system, mass protest, public opinion, political cartoons and legislation. They research Rosa Parks, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students explore Supreme Court cases that featured Civil Rights issues. In this Supreme Court instructional activity, students examine primary source records regarding Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Browder v Gayle case, in order to analyze the impact of Court decisions.
Students discuss African-American history from slavery to the civil rights movement. They discuss individual people who shpaed history by reading their biographies and researching the age in which they lived. Studnets comprehend the causes and effects of the civil rights movement in America.
Students examine and respond to the text, The Bus Ride. In this African-American literature instructional activity, students explore pre-reading questions that focus on fairness of laws. Students read the text based on Rosa Parks and answer 11 post-reading questions. Students participate in literature circles and respond to several questions through oral discussions or journal entries.
Students examine social injustices and discrimination. In this cross curricular lesson, students work in pairs to discuss letters they've previously written about tolerance and the Holocaust. The class then completes a vocabulary building activities and reads from Rosa Parks, My Story. Once the reading is complete, students answer questions based on the reading.
Fourth graders learn about the equal rights movement. In this equality lesson, 4th graders discuss fair and unfair rules. Students participate in an activity where they are given both types of rules while riding a bus. Students discuss how African Americans must have felt during the time of segregation. Students complete an assignment on Rosa Parks and the equal rights movement.
Fifth graders read an autobiography. In this sequencing lesson plan, 5th graders learn the importance of putting events in chronological order. Students read about Rosa Park's and discuss the difficulty one may have when following a story with flashbacks. Students then complete a research project using the concept of chronological order.
Use the historical account of Claudette Colvin to study civil rights and connect past injustices to modern issues. As learners read, they examine chapter titles, record quotes, and participate in discussion. Use any of the great prompts provided, including post-reading questions. Although this process is designed to accompany a text, it is valuable on its own. Learners finally research active participants in the Civil Rights Movement and brainstorm currently oppressed groups.
Young scholars investigate racism by completing a writing assignment. In this civil rights instructional activity, students research facts about Rosa Parks in order to write a newspaper article about her. Young scholars utilize the Internet for research and a word processing document to type their assignment.
Students read an article from Time and react to the article based upon what they have studied about Rosa Parks. They find that even though Rosa is no longer alive, she still has an impact today. They focus on that impact she has and write a short essay describing the impact they feel still exists today because of her.
Students investigate the lives of important women who fought for their rights. In this equality lesson, students examine the different gender roles throughout history and define the actions many women were made famous by. Students view a slide-show of the famous women and their achievements.