Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Unit Scope

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Essential Questions

These questions guide teachers in driving instruction for students.

How did Civil Rights...

  • change American policies?
  • highlight intolerance?
  • affect past and present activism?
  • teacher’s choice

Key Topics

These topics are critical themes within the big topic area.

Civil Rights Movement and Leaders Civil Rights Laws and Policies Civil Rights Now

Recommended Newsela Materials

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Articles

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Civil Rights Movement and Leaders Civil Rights Laws and Policies Civil Rights Now

Civil Rights Activists: Rosa Parks

King’s Nobel Prize meant change in Atlanta

Civil Rights Leaders: Martin Luther King Jr.

Primary Sources: Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Civil Rights Leaders: Malcolm X

The movie “Selma” recalls how songs were important to civil rights marchers

Emmett Till’s death and his role in the civil rights movement is remembered

Primary Sources: Plessy v. Ferguson

Primary Sources: Brown v. Board of Education

Primary Sources: Civil Rights Act of 1964

Famous Speeches: President Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act

History comes to life in comic book about civil rights era by a congressman

Supreme Court Justice: Thurgood Marshall

Credit this woman for restaurants serving everyone in Washington

At long last, justice for the Scottsboro Boys

March on Washington anniversary: Progress, but more still needed

Protests spread across the country for change

U.S. should work toward improving black-white relations, U.N. group finds

Rich whites and poor students of color more and more separated in schools 

Issue Overview: Racial profiling

Ferguson police and courts treated blacks unfairly, report says

One city takes a closer look at how police treat young African-Americans

New training program in Nashville teaches police about civil rights

Formative Tasks

The tasks are organized by subtopic and provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation. Teacher can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning.

Civil Rights Movement and Leaders Civil Rights Laws and Policies Civil Rights Now

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource and Paired Text

Martin Luther King Jr. Teaching Toolkit

PRO Resource

Current Protests

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PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt AHow did leadership and vision affect the civil rights movement?

Prompt B: What strategies did Civil Rights leaders use to effect change? How were these strategies well suited to address the injustices activists faced?


Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

PRO Learning

Teaching Black History: Connecting Current Events to the Past

PRO Activities

Lesson Plan

Police, Community and History

Guided Inquiry

Guided Inquiry: Is Segregation Over?

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt AEstablish a claim: Should the Civil Rights Act be updated? If so, which section(s) would you update? Plan your argument here.

Prompt B: What is the historical and current impact of the Civil Rights Act?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource

The Civil Rights Act

PRO Teacher Resource

Rich whites and poor students of color more and more separated in schools

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: In what ways were systems in the United States oppressive during the Civil Rights Era? In what ways are systems in the US oppressive now?

Prompt B: Describe the changes of these policies since the civil rights era and then explain the ways in which policies have stayed the same.


Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder

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