Updated November 2014

PBS LearningMedia: Civil Rights

Compelling resources capture voices and events of the Civil Rights era

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  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication & Collaboration

  • Social Studies
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The PBS LearningMedia: Civil Rights collection is full of materials to support the teaching of the key events and people of the Civil Rights Movement. The instructional resources include video segments, primary source documents, images, and lesson plans that are organized by topic. The best way to use the site is to search for materials to supplement a unit on the Civil Rights Movement.

The multimedia resources and lessons available will help with engagement and add depth to your students' understanding of the era. For example, in the Leaders and Organizers section, there are interviews and profiles of significant figures from the movement. If you've got the resources, have your students view these individually and then share information with the class to spur discussion. The lesson plans cover powerful topics such as Taking a Stand and Understanding White Supremacy, and are intended for whole-class instruction with a focus on discussion and personal reflection. You'll need a projection device to share most of the multimedia resources with your class.

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Randall B. , School support staff
School support staff
Putnam County Schools
Winfield, WV
Great Supplemental Material on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

The amount of primary and secondary source documents available dealing with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States is a testament to the changing technologies of the time. We were able to catch more events on both film (photo and video) and audio than we had previously. By compiling these resources together in this collection, it makes it much easier for teachers to find materials that can be used to supplement their classroom activities and/or assignments. When used in conjunction with the other topics PBS Learning has curated, this provides a tremendous tool to help any teacher in their classroom with supplemental material.

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