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Civil Rights Movement

Length: 18 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 7th – 9th Grades
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How to Use This Course

This semester-long course on the Civil Rights Movement is designed to help students in 7th-9th grade understand the racial tensions that preceded the civil rights movement, learn about some of what happened during it, and become acquainted with key figures of the movement including Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Thurgood Marshall. Reading and research assignments will be given.

Course Introduction

What brought about the Civil Rights movement? What were some of the flash points that took place during it? Who were the men and women who led the movement, and how did their beliefs differ from one another? Those are a few of the questions this semester-long study of the civil rights movement will address. Students will look at the beginning of slavery in the United States, the boycotts and sit ins, and the people involved in the movement. They will have the opportunity to read related literature, answer questions, create a timeline, think critically about what they learn, and more.

Eighteen printable lessons.

  • Week One: Slavery: From Jamestown to Reconstruction
  • Week Two: Segregation: From the End of Reconstruction to the Niagara Movement
  • Week Three: Fighting for Freedom: From the Founding of the NAACP to Black Nationalism
  • Week Four: Slow Progress: Asa Philip Randolph to the Tuskegee Airmen and Executive Order 9981
  • Week Five: Separate But Equal: Fighting Jim Crow Laws to Emmett Till
  • Week Six: Segregation on the Buses: Rosa Parks to Browder v. Gayle
  • Week Seven: The Civil Rights Movement: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Week Eight: Desegregation: Autherine Lucy to Little Rock Nine
  • Week Nine: The Civil Rights Movement Continues: The Lost Year to Sit-Ins and Music
  • Week Ten: Dedicated to Achieving Equality: Ruby Bridges to the Civil Rights Act of 1960, CORE, and the Freedom Rides
  • Week Eleven: The Deep South: The SNCC to the Birmingham Children’s Crusade
  • Week Twelve: 1963: President John F. Kennedy to the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
  • Week Thirteen: Sweeping Legislation: Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
  • Week Fourteen: Voter Registration: The Mississippi Burning Trial to the Watts Riots
  • Week Fifteen: Black Power: After the Watts Riots to the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Week Sixteen: Moving Forward: Thurgood Marshall to the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and Busing
  • Week Seventeen: The Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee; Review for Test
  • Week Eighteen: More Review and Final Test

This course counts as a social studies credit. Students who complete the 18 weekly lessons, including all reading and writing assignments, and spend approximately 90 hours completing the course, may earn 0.5 academic credit.

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