Civil Rights Movement Collaborative Newspaper Activity or Project

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Extra! Extra! Students become investigative reports into the Civil Rights Movement in this engaging, inquiry-based newspaper activity. Can your students make the deadline?

In this no-prep lesson plan, students take on the role of reporters to get the scoop on the Civil Rights Movement. Working in groups, students investigate specific topics and create a newspaper in a 90-minute class. Students create cover stories, political cartoons, editorials and more. When the newspapers are complete, students read each other’s newspapers to learn about other topics related to the Civil Rights Movement.

Skip the lecture. Introduce your students to the Civil Rights Movement through this quick and easy newspaper project. Use with other Civil Rights activities.

Suggested topics and informational text included in this guide:
- Booker T. Washington
- Rosa Parks
- Jim Crow Laws
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- W.E.B. Dubois
- Brown vs. Board of Education
- Little Rock Nine
- March on Selma
- Civil Rights Act 1964
- Voting Rights Act 1965

This detailed guide includes:
-Complete teacher’s guide for a 90 minute lesson including ideas for whole class, small group, and individual students
-2 student handouts with directions and topic suggestions
-Complete informational texts on several topics on the Civil Rights such as Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the March on Selma

Skills Developed in this lesson:
•Students will select and research a topic related to the Civil Rights Movement.
•Students will analyze nonfiction text related to the Civil Rights Movement.
•Students will convey their analysis of nonfiction information through expository writing.

Two ways to use:
- Introduction: students read the provided information and write articles in a short time. Students work together to form the first page or two of a newspaper on their topics.
- In-depth: students read the provided information on industrial revolution related topics. Student groups work together to divide up topics and ideas and conduct additional research. Students write investigative articles on the topics.
- OPTIONAL: for either option, consider a gallery walk at the end in which students visit each other's newspapers to learn about the different topics and to analyze major events and people related to the era.

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