Tap into your students’ personal passions, life choices, and critical thinking skills in this 9 activity lesson pack covering the events and people, from Booker T. Washington and WEB Du Bois to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
What made December 1995 Montgomery, Alabama THE time and place to start the Civil Rights Movement? Why did Rosa Parker cause such a stir and not Claudette Colvin? Who was this young preacher named King? What does this mean to your students now?
This lesson pack offers 9 thought-provoking activities that build towards students starting a boycott movement of their own in researching a company they patronize and writing it a letter.
having grit enough to never give up on a goal and utilizing deliberate strategies to generate change.
Challenge your students to investigate why Montgomery 1955 was the perfect storm by:
- Researching earlier African American activists, their accomplishments, and roadblocks encountered
- Annotating WWII civil rights primary source documents
- Contrasting the famous Rosa Parks with her much-less-known counter-part, Claudette Colvin, and exploring the biography of a young preacher, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Analyzing Dr. King’s famous speech for its persuasive mastery of rhetorical devices
Culminate their learning in an authentic product with a real-world audience by:
- Researching a company or product of their choosing
- Annotating sources and developing a Works Cited sheet
- Writing a proper business letter
- Reflecting and self-assessing performance
Use as many or few activities you want; these are fairly interchangeable based on classroom time!
Cut through the boring textbook and head straight to the compelling sources and hidden truths about history in this plug-and-play lesson pack
that make learning real and immediately relevant. In just a handful of classes, your students will no longer wonder, “How can I turn my passion into a movement?”
- Detailed lesson plans
- 2 1-page definition sheets for “boycott” and “segregation”
- Jim Crow laws & customs activity
- TED Talk activity sheet for starting a social movement
- Research activity sheet for early Civil Rights activists (with key)
- WWII primary source documents activity
- Research activity sheet for Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin (with key)
- Research & speech analysis for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (with key)
- By the Numbers inference activity sheet for the Montgomery Bus Boycott
- Boycott / "Buycott" project planning sheet, samples, peer edit sheet, reflection & rubrics (CCSS and generic)
- Skill Sheets: Annotating a Text, Annotating a Citation, News Source Analysis
- BONUS: inspirational poster with King’s reflection on his speech
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