This The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement lesson plan also includes:
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s marched to its own beat—literally. Using songs from the era, as well as other primary sources such as King's "I Have a Dream" speech, class members analyze lyrics to discover how music and protest were related. Extension activities include oral history projects and additional web-based resources.
- Analyze songs of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement to explore how the movement shaped music
- Conduct oral history interviews around civil rights and the protests of the 1960s
- Learners need to access the Internet to research and listen to songs
- Use of music and supporting materials aids interdisciplinary study
- Music and images are intriguing to pupils
- At least one video is blocked