Civil Rights Movement
Show students pictures of African Americans who are role models in politics, broadcasting, sports, etc. Ask students who/what they think inspired these people to achieve their goals.
Who or what inspires you to achieve your goals?
Who or what inspired Barack Obama to run for president?
2 Instructional Procedures
- Teacher will seat students in teams of four and present the KWL Chart to the class. Give each student their own copy of the chart.
- Begin by telling your students that you’re going to show them a short video about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ask them what they already know about Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement and add their ideas to the first column. Then ask them what they want to know about those topics and add them to the chart.
- Play the BrainPOP Martin Luther King Jr. Movie. Periodically stop the video and ask students to summarize the important events and ideas and clear up any misconceptions. Give each student a set of Sequencing Event worksheet. As the students watch the movie ask the students to listen for those events and write the year of the event on the worksheet.
- After watching the movie and discussing it, ask students to help you add information to the last column on the KWL chart which represents new information that they learned from the video.
- After completing the KWL chart, have your students take the quiz together as a class. To keep your students actively engaged, have them respond by writing the letter of the correct answer on dry erase boards to show you or by using sign language hand signals for the corresponding letters of the alphabet.
- Students can use the vocabulary and definition cards to play the traditional game known as Memory or Concentration. Each team or pair mixes up all 20 cards and places them face down in four rows of five cards. Then they take turns flipping over two cards, trying to find a match. If they find matching cards, they keep the cards and take another turn. If the cards don’t match, they place them back down and the next player takes a turn. Play continues until all cards have been used.
- Why was Dr. Martin Luther King an inspiration to others?
- What did Dr. Martin Luther King do to help others?
- Why was Dr. Martin Luther King considered radical by some Americans?
- What are civil rights?
- Why were civil rights important to African Americans.
Students will play popcorn vocabulary review game to review what they have learned. When the teacher holds up a card whoever “pops” up out of their seat first gets to answer the question.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
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).
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.