Civil Rights Movement Project Research and Role Play

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This was a great, engaging resource to use while distance teaching to prepare for the novel Watsons Go to Birmingham. My middle schoolers enjoyed it, thank you!
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In this inquiry-based project, students become figures from the Civil Rights Movement. Students research their figure and then embody that person at a culminating party. This project puts students literally in the lives of historical figures. Meet Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Thurgood Marshall and more through your students' discovery of them.

A great addition to your Civil Rights Movement study.

This detailed teacher’s guide includes:

● How to use this resource and complete timeline within the teacher’s guide

● Suggested figures of 30+ individuals with annotated bibliography for figures from the U.S. Civil Rights Movement

● Student handouts including: research template, historical context template, costume research guide, and guide for preparing for the party.

● Writing References style guide

● Complete list of journal entry prompts

● A complete materials list

NOTE: This product was updated 01/04/18.

Skills Developed in this lesson:

- Students will practice interpersonal communication

- Students will research a topic using multiple sources

- Students will analyze nonfiction text. (CCSS ELA.LITERACY R1)

- Students will identify nonfiction text as secondary or primary sources. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1)

- Students will write short narratives as a historical character. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3)

- Students will analyze how a historical figure’s setting and personal history shaped the person they became.

- Students will embody a historical figure.

Must have Civil rights resources include:

Civil Rights Activities for today - great for social justice discussions

Civil Rights Movement Bell-ringers, warm-ups, writing prompts FREE

Civil Rights Movement Collaborative Newspaper Activity or Project

Civil Rights Movement Digital Interactive Notebook Google Drive

Civil Rights Movement Gallery Walk of Images and Primary Sources

Civil Rights Movement Illustrated Timeline Activity or Collaborative Project

Civil Rights Movement Interactive Notebook Pages

Civil Rights Movement Research and Role Play Project RECENTLY UPDATED

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Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
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