Alabama Civil Rights Trail offers teachers a versatile resource for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. Teachers in flipped classrooms might have students read about a particular town or group of people to prepare for the next day's class, while those in more traditional classrooms might use portions of the app for whole-class or small-group reading activities. Teachers may also opt to have students complete mini-research projects, assigning small groups of students one of the towns or cities in the app and asking them to prepare a short presentation for the rest of the class.
While not limited to use by teachers in Alabama, those who teach in the state or near its borders may benefit most, using the app to plan field trips to some of the key historical sites or encouraging students to visit those sites with their families.Continue reading Show less
Created by the Alabama Tourism Department, the Alabama Civil Rights Trail seeks to educate students about Alabama's role in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Students tap the name of a city or town in Alabama to read a brief overview of that location's role in the Movement, discover pictures and descriptions of events that took place there, learn the names of key players who lived or visited there, and find sources of additional information. Although much of the information focuses on cities and towns in Alabama, the app also offers short biographies of key players in the Civil Rights Movement with ties to the state, including Rosa Parks, Gov. George Wallace, and Jesse Owens. Students can also see all these events and people in the context of a larger timeline, starting with the Scottsboro Boys Case in 1931 and ending with the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor to the four little girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
Although the text and photographs have a bit of a textbook feel, teachers will have a hard time finding another resource so chock-full of information about the people and events of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Not only will students recognize many of the names here, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, they'll also learn the names of less famous individuals who died in the fight for equality, such as Virgil Lamar Ware and Carole Robertson. They'll then have the opportunity to connect the names of these individuals with specific locations and events, helping them better understand the reality of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.