Important Events Through the Civil Rights
- Language Arts
- Social Sciences
- U.S. History
Students create a time line about important events in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
- define the term civil rights movement,
- sequence historical events in chronological order,
- demonstrate research skills using the Internet and/or library sources.
civil rights, time line, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, black history
- teacher-selected examples of time lines
- computers with Internet access or student-researched library materials about the civil rights movement
- pens or pencils
- PowerPoint software (optional)
- Discuss the meaning of the term civil rights movement. Briefly discuss the roles Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. played in the movement.
- Discuss the meaning of the term time line. Show students examples of time lines from school texts and library or online sources.
- Divide the class into small groups. Have students create time lines about aspects of the civil rights movement. Students might use library sources or these suggested Web sites:
MLK-Civil Rights Timeline
CNN: The Civil Rights Movement
Timeline of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
- Have students present their completed time lines to the class.
Variation: If you have access to PowerPoint, have students create their time lines as PowerPoint presentations.
Evaluate students' time lines and presentations.
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Last updated 1/9/2017