Civil Rights March on Washington Gallery Walk & Primary Source Analysis

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5th - 9th, Homeschool
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If you are looking for engaging civil rights movement activities, you won’t find anything else like this! Your students will become historians as they analyze the official March on Washington organizing manual that was published prior to the demonstration and take a gallery walk with photos from the demonstration. This resource is set up in an easy to print format to save you time.

Primary Source Analysis:

There is no better way to understand the past than to analyze primary sources. Your students will become historians! They will hold, flip through, read, and analyze the official March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom organizing manual from 1963. This manual was given out prior to the event. The pamphlet laid out the details of the event, the purpose and intention behind the demonstration, and more. Your students will analyze the document using the provided analysis sheets.

Gallery Walk:

A gallery walk is a classroom-based active learning strategy where students silently move throughout the room to view images and captions related to a particular topic or concept (in this case, the March on Washington). Students record their reflections on a graphic organizer. Images are placed on the walls around the classroom. This resource contains over 30 photographs and images from the March on Washington.

Student Packet: This resource contains an easy to print student packet. Just print and staple into a booklet. Here's what's included in the booklet:

Glossary of Terms: Students are encouraged to reference the glossary for terms that are unfamiliar as they analyze the document.

Analysis Sheets: with questions to help guide students through interpretation of the document.

Two Comprehension Sheets: One is multiple choice & true/false. The second document includes short answer questions. These can be completed after the analysis activity.

Gallery Walk Reflection: An open-ended for students to record their thoughts, feelings, and emotions as they walk through the gallery.

Final Reflection: encourages students to think about ways they can get involved in special interests today.

This resource also includes a Teacher Tips sheet with printing directions and ideas for implementation, as well as ANSWER KEYS with possible answers.

Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.


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