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Black History Month Biographies
Students research famous African Americans for Black History Month. In this biography lesson, students read about five famous African Americans: Nat King Cole, Jackie Robinson, Melba Pattillo, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King. They answer questions and discuss their life.
Influencing Others in Our World
Students discover that the actions of people can have a positive influence on a community. They use a variety of resources to research biographies of African Americans. Students research and discuss the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., then look at the lives of other influential African Americans such as, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall and Ruby Bridges.
PBS Lessons for Black History Month
Explore US history with your charges by providing age-appropriate Black History Month activities. (Five options are provided with this resource.) Read biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Rosa Parks and other recommended (and linked) texts as a way to learn about African-American history in-depth. Finish by conducting a class discussion about race and equality in America.
Before Rosa Parks: Upper Grades Activity: Frances Watkins Harper
Students analyze the rhetorical strategies Frances Watkins Harper used, such as tone, emotional appeal and descriptive language
Before Rosa Parks: Early Grades Activity
Students read excerpts from an autobiographical work and retell scenes from the book. They consider the ways Susie King Taylor's autobiography displays character traits including courage, creativity, compassion and determination.
Dear Mrs. Parks Teacher's Guide
Students read and respond to the book, Dear Mrs. Parks. In this African-American literature lesson, 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 lesson.
American Women Who Shaped the Civil Rights Movement Explored Through the Literature of Eloise Greenfield
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.
Differences Make Us Special
Learners explore the similarities and differences among their classmates. They are introduced to the Civil Rights Movement-that all people be treated equally and fairly. Students discuss the importance of appreciating individual differences.
Riding with Rosa
Students examine a photo to experience history. In this teaching tolerance lesson plan, 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.
Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement
Students study those who fought segregation in America. In this civil rights lesson, students investigate the movements and its leaders. Students collaborate to design a mural of dreams as a culminating activity.
Society in the 1950s (5)
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 8 matching questions regarding 1950's America. Students may check their answers immediately.
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Students examine various documents to learn more about the Montgomery bus boycott. In this civil history lesson plan, students watch a video and read multiple texts about the Montgomery bus boycott. Students use guiding questions and graphic organizers to summarize what they have read before sharing out to the class.
In this Civil Rights reading comprehension worksheet, students read a paragraph about Rosa Parks and respond to the question, "How did Rosa Parks act as a responsible citizen?"
Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Height, King, Robinson
The inspiring and harrowing stories of Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King, and Amelia Boynton are transcribed in these pages, lending a true voice to the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. These pages would make an excellent reader's theater in class, and lend well to a writing assignment on the women of the Civil Rights Movement.
Breaking Barriers with Melba Pattillo
Learners are introduced to individuals who made the civil rights movement a success. They examine, analyze and interpret the events and people who had a significant and stirring impact on the course of history through stories, interviews and the meeting of Melba Pattillo.
Defenders of Justice
Young scholars research abolitionists, civil rights advocates, and their allies to learn about racism and justice. For this racism and justice lesson, students define justice and sing a song about activism. Young scholars review the biographies assigned to their group and complete a handout for the story. Groups discuss their assigned person with the entire class.
Justice For All: Lesson 1
Sixth graders read and discuss passages about Rosa Parks and what she did for the Civil Rights Movement. In this literature lesson plan, 6th graders also discuss segregation and make predictions during their reading.
Role of Citizens in Montgomery Bus Boycott
Students consider the role of average Americans in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In this Civil Rights lesson, 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.
It Takes All Kinds
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.
Bring Down the Barriers: Lesson 9 Is Number 9 Of 15 In Unit Plan
Students examine the issues of prejudice and hatred. In this poetry lesson plan, students analyze how Rosa Parks addressed an issue of social injustice. Students go on to conduct research on Rosa Parks and compose an acrostic poem about her.