Black History Reading Comprehension - Civil Rights Movement - Boom Cards

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4th - 6th
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Are you looking for a resource that traces the history of the civil rights movement from the arrival of the first Africans to the present? Each slide of these BOOM Cards includes a non-fiction text tracing important events like the Emancipation Proclamation, the Tuskegee Airmen and the Children's Crusade. There are text dependent questions throughout to measure students' understanding of vocabulary and concepts. This resource will give your students a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.

These Boom Cards trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the inception of slavery in 1619 through key moments in the 1960's. A non-fiction text spans most of the cards, with 4 multiple choice questions interwoven in the text. There are also two drag and drop comprehension activities and one short answer (which must be hand scored). The questions are based on released items from PARCC and SBAC and cover vocabulary, author's purpose, and inference. Real photos are used to help students deepen their understanding of these historic events. The text provides an overview of history to spark interest in further research. These cards are interactive with sounds and images, and students will love dragging and dropping and choosing the correct answers.

Topics Covered in the text are:

  • The arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Jim Crow laws
  • the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education and school segregation
  • Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott
  • sit-ins at Woolworths
  • the Children's Crusade
  • the March on Washington

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New to Boom Cards? Learn more here. Once you start, your kids won't let you stop! Boom Cards are self-grading, interactive digital task cards. You will need to open a free, Boom Card account to play them (to protect your students).


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For more resources to teach Black History, check out:

Anansi and His Son - an African folktale about Unity

Free at Last! - A Differentiated Biography about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kwanzaa - Celebrating the Seven Principles - a Differentiated Text


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Total Pages
13 pages
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30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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