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Students read and respond to the book, Dear Mrs. Parks. In this African-American literature instructional activity, students read the text and examine several vocabulary words from the text. Students answer 11 discussion questions and participate in literature circles. Suggested writing activities accompany this instructional activity.
Students examine a photo to experience history. In this teaching tolerance lesson, students view a photograph of Mrs. Parks sitting on the bus and place their own picture by hers. Students imagine that they were sitting on the bus with her in 1955 and form a written response to the question: "What would you say to the bus driver?" Students role play the situation taking turns sharing their writing.
Students research abolitionists, civil rights advocates, and their allies to learn about racism and justice. In this racism and justice lesson plan, students define justice and sing a song about activism. Students review the biographies assigned to their group and complete a handout for the story. Groups discuss their assigned person with the entire class.
Students consider the role of average Americans in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In this Civil Rights lesson plan, students listen to a lecture that outlines the details of the boycott. Students conduct further research about the people who led the movement prior to writing an essay about how to gain support for a social justice cause.
Students investigate photographs of American "pioneers." In this historical figures lesson, students discuss photographs and documents that feature famous Americans in an effort to understand that ordinary people can make great contributions to society. Students complete a worksheet as they participate in the classroom presentation.
Students investigate equality by examining Civil Rights leaders. In this racism lesson, students identify the key figures in the Civil Rights Movement, such as Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King Jr. Students observe a slide-show filled with images of these men and women.
Students explore racism in America by researching historic victories for equality. In this African American leaders lesson, students discuss the contributions Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. made while reading a timeline. Students listen to King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the Internet.
Examine the women who contributed to the Civil Rights movement. In groups, children read excerpts of writings from Eloise Greenfield and research the women she mentions using the internet. To end the lesson, they create a timeline of events based on the information they gathered.