Malcolm X Teacher Resources

Malcolm Little, Malcolm X, el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. The evolution of this Nebraska native from street hustler, to felon, to Muslim minister, to civil rights leader, to human rights activist is indeed a long and winding road.

A good place to begin a study of Malcolm X is with a two-part documentary that details his life, ideas, and role in the civil rights movement.  A unit plan that uses Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X as an anchor text also provides an opportunity to learn more about this man who is considered on of the most influential people of the 1945-1960 era.

Although a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X had a very different vision. After examining primary and secondary source materials, students engage in a writing for understanding activity that asks them to compare the methods King and X felt African Americans should use to achieve equal rights. Another lesson uses clips from a documentary about Grace Lee Boggs to examine the competing strategies used by civil rights leaders in the 1960s. Despite these differences, Malcolm X and Dr. King did find common ground as an examination of primary source materials reveals.

The resources in our collection permit students to examine events that shaped and evolved the beliefs of this powerful, controversial, leader and examine his influence on other leaders. They can also incorporate a more current-times lens through considering how civil rights plays a role in today’s society using this video.

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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA: Module 1, Unit 1: "I'm for truth, no matter who tells it."

For Teachers 12th Standards
Engaging narratives blend the forms of expository writing with the tropes of creative writing. Introduce class members to narrative writing techniques with a 28-lesson unit that not only uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as a model of...
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The Civil Rights Movement: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th
From Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X to Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali, the Civil Rights Movement united African Americans in a struggle for quality. Including an array of lesson plans, presentations, videos, activities, and...
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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA Module 1: Reading and Writing Personal Narratives

For Teachers 12th Standards
The first unit in Module 1 uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as the core text. Scholars practice close reading, evidence-based writing and discussion, critical analysis of narrative texts, and narrative writing techniques. Marmon...
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EngageNY Grade 12 ELA: Module 1, Unit 3

For Teachers 12th Standards
This seven-lesson unit, the third in a three-unit narrative writing module, uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Leslie Marmon Silko's "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit" as models writers may use as they craft their narrative...
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A Black History Scavenger Hunt

For Students 3rd - 12th
Scavenger hunts provide students with an opportunity to develop their internet skills while they learn about famous African Americans. Included are four scavenger hunts, one each for grades 1-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. Researchers search the...
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Center for Civic Education: Black History Month

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Six lesson plans in the Black History Month collection introduce middle and high schoolers to nonviolent actions as a means to resist oppression and encourage reform. Lessons look at the Children’s March, music, and citizenship schools...
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Malcolm X: Make It Plain, Part I

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Malcolm X was a complicated man that few in white America understood. After sharing what they know or think they know about this civil rights leader, about nationalism and Black Nationalism, class members view a two-part documentary...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: A Common Solution?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Much has been made of the differences between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. But was there any common ground between them? Class members reconsider what they think they know about these two civil rights leaders with biographical...
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Malcolm X: Minister and Civil Rights Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Any study of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement would be incomplete without an examination of the life of Malcolm X. Class members view a short biographical video and analyze primary source documents to gain an understanding of the...
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Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Talk It Out

For Teachers 9th - 12th
To demonstrate their understanding of the differences in the philosophies of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X class members read short biographies of the two famous civil rights leaders, analyze statements made by both men, and then...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: A Common Solution?: Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Malcolm X: Make It Plain, Part II

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Track the transformation of Malcolm Little into Malcolm X and then into El Jajj Malik El-Shabazz with the second part of Make it Plain, a documentary on the famous civil rights activist. Viewers consider not only how events shaped and...
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Reconsidering Malcolm X

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze the strategies and speeches of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Black Separatism or the Beloved Community? Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this African American history instructional activity, students compare and contrast the tactics employed by Malcolm X and...
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What’s in a Name? Understanding Malcolm X

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the life of Malcolm X. In this autobiography lesson, students read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, investigate and evaluate the time period of his life, and write an essay based on their reflections pertaining to his...
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X: the Book Versus the Movie

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students compare and contrast The Autobiography of Malcolm X to the film adaptation. In this Malcolm X lesson, students take notes as they view the film adaptation. Students write a comparative analysis and discuss the life and...
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City Desk with Malcolm X

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers view a film about civil rights and the role Malcolm X played in the civil rights movement. They create a timeling about the events that occured from segregation to integration. They discuss discrimination as well.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. vs. Malcolm X

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the visions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. In this African-American history lesson plan, 11th graders read speeches by each of the men and summarize the arguments made by each of them...
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Violence Prevention

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Compare and contrast the ideologies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle schoolers conduct research regarding civil rights and rhetorical strategies used in political speechs. They examine the strategies that both men employed...
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Langston Hughes' Poetry

For Teachers 11th - 12th
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...
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Making Change: Revolutionary Tactics of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
The film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs introduces viewers to the differing philosophies of and strategies employed by 1960s civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the debate over...
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American Voices and Their Audiences

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Those new to teaching an AP level language and composition prep course and seasoned veterans will find much to treasure in a unit that is designed to help young language scholars develop the skills they need to analyze the language...
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Teaching American History for All

For Students 11th Standards
Although Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X both work for equal rights, social change, and political empowerment, their approaches were radically different. To better understand these contrasts, class members compare King's "I...
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Quiz

For Students 10th - 12th
In this The Autobiography of Malcolm X learning exercise, students determine the answers to a series of questions pertaining to the life of Malcolm X as presented in the work by Malcolm X and Alex Haley.

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