Black History Month Unit--
Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights gets covered in this unit and integrates the literacy skills of Summarizing, Finding Main Idea and Details. It is engaging for upper elementary and middle school. This unit provides the teacher with lesson plans, passages, and very rigorous tasks that are focused on content while using the ELA skills of summarizing and finding main idea and details.
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Purpose of Unit
MLK and the Civil Rights Movement is a time in history that my students found fascinating and this unit was always a favorite for them and for me. Because the students are highly engaged with the content, I found it a good time to integrate the difficult reading skill of summarizing and finding main ideas/details into it. To master these literacy skills takes multiple experiences and so the high interest in the subject encourages the students to do the work. This unit is a win-win situation for both the student and the teacher.
This unit will easily last over 2 weeks and the work has all been done for the teacher.
I have taught this unit with both 4th and 5th graders but the rigor of it could easily fit 6th and 7th graders also. Differentiating can easily be done with the teacher reading the passages to the students who struggle with reading or allowing students to work on the passages independently and with partners.
There are 6 different lessons
• Enduring understandings
• Essential questions
• Tasks that can be used for formative assessments
• Summative task as the last lesson
• YouTube links to use as a motivation hook for each lesson.
Martin Luther King Jr. - 4th - 6th Grade Literacy Based Unit that includes the following literacy skills:
- Annotation / coding/ stopping and jotting with 5Ws
- Finding Main Idea details
- Informative Writing
8 Civil Rights Lessons with literacy Integration:
- Lesson 1 (Background to Cause of Civil Rights Movement ) – KWL and Annotation
- Lesson 2 – (Young people who led with the Civil Rights Movement - Ruby Bridges / Barbara Johns / Little Rock Nine ) – Main Idea/Details Graphic Organizer
- Lesson 3 – ( Bus boycott / Rosa Parks ) – Summarizing using sticky notes
- Lesson 4 – ( Greensboro Sit-ins ) – Cornell Note Taking
- Lesson 5 – ( March on Washington / I Have a Dream Speech ) – Informative writing
- Lesson 6 – ( Children March of Birmingham ) – GIST template.
- Lesson 7 – (MLK’s death / Assassination ) – Art integration
- Lesson 8 – ( Timeline ) – Timeline with art integration