Common Sense Review
Updated November 2014

PBS LearningMedia: Civil Rights

Compelling resources capture voices and events of the Civil Rights era
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This module is part of the Website PBS LearningMedia.
Common Sense Rating 4
  • A variety of lessons and videos address the Civil Rights Movement.
  • The site has detailed lessons plans on a variety of topics.
  • There are video segments on important events and topics from throughout the movement.
  • Easy-to-find video clips capture the voices of Civil Rights activists.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

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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