Civil Rights Wax Museum Project

This Civil Rights Wax Museum Project lesson plan also includes:

As a class, young historians begin a civil rights lesson by taking a close look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his impact on the Civil Rights movement. Then, the bulk of the lesson requires learners to conduct research on one influential African American, create a timeline of that person's life, and develop a speech in the voice of their activist. Lastly, the class hosts a wax museum where pupils impersonate their subjects through costume, and present their speeches when prompted.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Reserve time in the computer lab or library to access the Internet and other informational text resources
  • Have the school librarian assist pupils in conducting research during their media enhancement class
  • Create a word wall with the included vocabulary words
Classroom Considerations

  • Speeches should be in first person perspective; make sure class members have a clear understanding of how to do this
  • Requires both in and out-of-class assignments
  • Review the list of materials prior to implementing
  • Be sure to set up the wax museum date ahead of time in order for parents to make arrangements 

  • Resource offers a materials list, the lesson, tips for classroom management, a rubric, and alternative assessments

  • Requires a lot of preparation time
Common Core