CIVIL RIGHTS UNIT NOTES & RESOURCE LIST
1. Read Aloud Novel: Read One Crazy Summer by Rita William-Garcia. Set in the 60's- expect a lot of discussion on revolution and Black Panthers-look at some pictures of Black Panthers and talk about their movement.
2. Create a Poster/Collage titled: Power to the People
-used magazines, black and white copies of people from Civil Rights era, drawings, words, etc..-
-present in small groups, students explain how they designed their poster
- students detail what was important for them
3. This site has great video resources.
Brown v. Board of Ed.
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Little Rock Nine
*It has many more video clips-most seem kid friendly-3rd-8t
Expect to facilitate classroom discussions on what students witness.
4. I Have A Dream Speech by MLK
Watch speech (17 minutes):
o On chart paper we wrote down words and phrases that we heard and had power
o In small groups: wrote their own I Have a Dream Speech: choose ten ideas to put into their speech, needed to use some of the phrases and key words in the speech
o Delivered their speeches in front of the class
o Worked on delivery, voice projection, reading it together or apart, powerful ending
5. Learn Freedom Drum Song-on chart paper-worked on singing it in a round:
I can feel my heart beat
Beating to the rhythm of the Freedom Drum
When I say YES to the beat in you
We can shine our light right through
When I say YES to the beat in me
We can set our spirit free
6. Civil Right’s Guiding Questions
1. Why was a Civil Right’s Movement needed in the United States?
2. Who was a part of the Civil Rights Movement?
3. What are keywords or images from MLK’s work and the Civil Right’s Movement?
4. What would motivate people to get involved in the Civil Right’s Movement?
5. Which groups in our past have had to fight for rights?
6. Which groups of people today might be fighting for equal rights? What else might need rights fought for? (Ecuadorian environment)
7. What might it look like, sound like, feel like to advocate for their rights
Activity: Images of the Civil Rights Movement
What are keywords or images from MLK’s work and the Civil Right’s Movement?
What questions do you have?
o look at photos, books, and slideshow of CRM
o note questions, words, or phrases of the CRM as they do this.
o Share whole group
o Materials: clipboard and paper
7. Keep Moving Display: Ask students to trace each of their feet on a sheet of paper, and cut out their "paper feet." On one foot, students should write or illustrate a benefit they receive as a result of Dr. King's work; on the other, they should write or illustrate one way they personally will act to ensure that his work keeps moving forward. Arrange students' "feet" into a "We Must Keep Moving" display in the classroom, hallway or school entrance.
Here's a list of other sites to used for pictures, music, etc...
This site = Smithsonian ... great resource, specific activities, songs of the Civil Rights Movement:
Smithsonian Folkways songs of struggle:
You tube videos on civil rights (curated/narrated by students from other schools):
Sam Cooke "A Change is Gonna Come"... one of the anthems of the movement played along to a slide show of photos:
"Can't Turn Me Around", performed by The Roots:
Civil Rights Teaching: