Lesson Plan

Civil Rights Movement

The students will be learning about the Civil Rights Movement and the various individuals and events that contributed to the movement's success.
Bernice Y.
Other para-professional educator
Plainview Secondary School
Plainview, United States
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to explain the importance of Brown v. Board of Education.

Students will be able to describe the controversy over school desegregation in Little Rock Arkansas.

Students will discuss the Montgomery bus boycott and it impact. 

Students will describe the sit-in, freedom rides, and the actions of James Meredith in the early 1960s. 

Students will explain how protests at Birmingham and the March on Washington were linked to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Students will summarize the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Social Studies
Grades 11
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1 Bellringer

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The students would watch a video of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.  They would then answer the Bellringer Question; "What is Dr. Martin Luther King's main message in his "I Have a Dream Speech?" Do you believe this message has been achieved today? Why or Why Not? This needs to be at least six sentences long. 

We are a 1:1 laptop school so the students will have their laptops and will have a Schoology account with my class being one of their classes. This would be under their Chapter 27 Bellringers. 

Student Instructions

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2 Direct Instruction

My classroom is flipped, which 1:1 laptops allows me to do, so they would have had to look over the interactive timeline and watch the videos attached the night before. They will then have the whole class period to complete the bellringer, assisngment, and closing activity.  I would then be able to walk around and help them with their assignment during the class period, answering any questions they might have an helping them research more information on the different critical events in the Civil Rights Movement.  The link to the timeline would be on my class site on schoology under chapter 27. 

3 Guided/Independent Practice (Assignment)

Using either Text2Mind Map, MindMup, or Spiderscribe, the students will create three mindmaps describing three of the ten events that were discussed on the timeline.  Their mindmaps need to include who, what, where, when, and how they believe the event effected the overall Civil Rights movement, need at least three ways each event effected the Civil Rights movement.   They will find their resources and turn in their mindmaps on Schoology. 

At the end of the chapter, they will use one of their mindmaps to write a short essay on one of the main events in the Civil Rights Movement. 

4 Wrap-Up

They will have to comment on at least two individuals original post for the bellringer about Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream speech" Their comments need to be at least four sentences long.  They will do this on Schoology.