Civil Rights Movement Project

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7th - 12th, Homeschool
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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? Working in groups, students investigate specific topics and create a newspaper in a 90-minute class. Skip the lecture!

This detailed resource includes:

-Teacher's Guide

-Student handouts with directions and topic suggestions

-3 article graphic organizers

-Background information on topics such as Civil Rights such as Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the March on Selma


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

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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90 minutes
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