Following the publication of Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching, we continue to collect stories, articles, and lessons.
This is a draft lesson developed by Teaching for Change on voting rights in Mississippi.
The format of the lesson is based on ideas we garnered from the Historical Scene Investigation model. Many of the readings were found on the invaluable Civil Rights Movement Veterans website, crmvet.org
There are a lot of handouts to print the first time you use the lesson. We recommend making a full copy of all the handouts so that you do not need to download them from the website when you use the lesson again.
We welcome your feedback about what works and what doesn’t, students outcomes and comments, suggested edits and additions, and of course corrections. Send your comments to email@example.com
Teaching the Montgomery Bus Boycott offers lessons, books, photos, primary documents, websites, and films to help teachers highlight the strategic brilliance and courage of the African American community in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. are the two most familiar faces of the Civil Rights Movement. Students learn from pre-school through high school that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. We hope the country will honor the history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by teaching a more complete history of this watershed event.
Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, A National Movement is a collection of scholarly essays that illustrate the critical role local-level organizing played during the civil rights movement. Edited by Emilye Crosby, the essays weave oral history and activist accounts with traditional sources to compel students and general readers to rethink who and what were important to the African American freedom struggle. Here is a sample chapter from the book (download in PDF) by Hasan Kwame Jeffries called “Remaking History: Barack Obama, Political Cartoons, and the Civil Rights Movement.” Teaching ideas for the book coming soon.
Zinn Education Project
The Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History website offers over 75 free, downloadable teaching activities for middle and high school classrooms to bring a people’s history to the classroom. The site also lists hundreds of recommended books, films and websites. The teaching activities and resources are organized by theme, time period and grade level – including the Civil Rights Movement.
The Limits of Master Narratives in History Textbooks: An Analysis of Representations of Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this article, Derrick Alridge argues that American history textbooks present discrete, heroic, one-dimensional, and neatly packaged master narratives that deny students a complex, realistic, and rich understanding of people and events in American history. In making this argument, he examines the master narratives of Martin Luther King, Jr., in high school history textbooks and show how textbooks present prescribed, oversimplified, and uncontroversial narratives of King that obscure important elements in King’s life and thought.
University of Values: A Cycle of Empowerment and Leadership
At Janet Morrison’s summer camp high school students teach elementary school children about social justice and the importance of being community leaders. But this is not a seasonal feat. Every Thursday night throughout the school year Morrison teaches teens to design lessons for the summer camp and empowers them to take on leadership roles.
Little Rock Nine: An Interactive Middle School Course
Engage and inspire your middle school students through critical analysis, role-plays, simulations, drama and oral histories. Take a look into Deena Barlev’s course on the American Civil Rights Movement, which is so popular at White Oak Middle school that over a hundred students enrolled for this elective course.
Interactive Civil Rights Assembly
Want to avoid the typical “Not another one”, “Here we go again” reaction to an assembly? Check out the inspiring interactive assembly, by Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching co-editor Jenice View.
Teaching Civil Rights In Predominantly Immigrant Classrooms
Most of Jill Bryson’s students are recent immigrants from El Salvador and many are not aware of African-American history in the United States. See how Jill Bryson introduces the freedom struggle of African-Americans to immigrant students.