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Tap into your students’ personal passions, the deciding factors of successful social movements, and an array of critical thinking skills in these 9 activities and project the cover the complete story of Civil Rights Movement's kick-off event, the Montgomery Bus Boycott by learning the contributions of everyone from Booker T. Washington and WEB Du Bois to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.
What made December, 1995 Montgomery, Alabama 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 low-prep activity 9-pack offers thought-provoking lessons that build towards students starting a boycott movement of their own of a company they patronize.
Greatness is deliberately utilizing effective strategies to generate change.
Challenge your students to investigate why Montgomery, Alabama 1955 was the perfect time and place and Rosa Parks was the perfect face for a movement looking for a catalyst. Culminate their learning with an authentic product for a real-world audience.
Use as many or few activities you want; these are fairly interchangeable to match the classroom time you have!
Cut through the boring textbook and head straight to the compelling sources and hidden truths about the famous event 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?”
Included in this complete resource:
- Teacher Overview and 5 pages of detailed Lesson Plans for each activity
- Answer keys and rubrics for all activities
- Links to high-quality outside sources to guide student research
- Concept Definition notes to develop a nuanced understanding of the "civil rights"
- TED Talk analysis on how to create a movement
- Collaborative, spatial matching activity on Jim Crow laws and customs
- Research and primary source analysis to overview the successes and roadblocks of pre-Civil Rights Movement activists and events
- Research activity to contrast Rosa Parks' & Claudette Colvin's contributions to the boycott
- Research & rhetorical device analysis on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Statistical analysis of the impact of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
- Complete Boycott / "Buycott" Project materials, including planning sheet, samples, peer edit sheet, reflection & rubrics (CCSS and universal)
- BONUS Skill Sheet: Annotating a Text
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