This Civil Rights Movement Lesson Plan has students reading about 8 key moments and deciding if they would protest against segregation & inequality, collaborate with the US government, or act like nothing was going on.
I wanted to get my students thinking about what resistance means and how it can impact the brave people like Martin Luther King, Jr. who stand up to those in power. I also want them thinking critically about what it means to ignore injustices or collaborate with those committing them.
Your download includes short readings on 8 key events:
⭐ Emmett Till's muder
⭐ The Southern Manifesto
⭐ Bombing of the Freedom Riders' bus
⭐ The Birmingham Campaign
⭐ 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
⭐ Harlem Race Riots
⭐ The Selma March
⭐ Martin Luther King's assassination
After reading about each event, students determine if they would join groups like CORE and the SNCC in protesting, actively support the US government, or choose to ignore them and act like nothing had happened. After going through all 8 events, students analyze what their role would have been in the Civil Rights Movement as a whole.
Finally, students analyze what it looks like when people resist, collaborate, or ignore a major event and what the repercussions can be for each decisison.
This download includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity along with directions pages for both the students and you as the teacher.
Similar protest movement lesson plans to this one are also available for:
• The French Revolution
• Protestant Reformation
• Vietnam War Era
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