Civil Rights for Kids: Read Aloud Activities for Sit-In by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
  • PDF
38 pages
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Looking for a great read aloud to help teach your upper elementary students about the Civil Rights Movement? This Civil Rights read aloud resource is designed to teach Civil Rights for kids using a picture book read-aloud. This product is to be used with the book, Sit-In, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. The book can be found here (non-affiliate link).

These read aloud activities include classroom lessons centered around using the Civil Rights picture book, Sit-In as a read-aloud, in addition to using it when teaching a unit on Civil Rights, or Black History Month.

These civil rights read aloud activities include:

  • Two levels of comprehension questions
  • Short answer comprehension questions with student opinion questions included
  • Character maps
  • Theme analysis
  • Figurative language analysis
  • Author's Craft
  • Summarizing graphic organizer
  • Civil Rights Movement vocabulary chart
  • Extended response writing prompts with rubric
  • Plot diagrams
  • Civil Rights Movement timeline activity

An even mix of the reading activities and social studies activities in this read aloud product create a well-rounded and cross-curricular lesson and allows you to tailor the resource to your students’ needs!

Click HERE for another Civil Rights Read-Aloud using Pies From Nowhere, and HERE for a free sample of a read-aloud unit for Civil Rights.


⭐ An elementary teacher said, “This is an amazing read aloud with great activities to support it! My students took a lot away from the story and activities that followed.” 

⭐ A third grade teacher said, “Great resources that paired nicely with the text!

Total Pages
38 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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