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Important Events Through the Civil Rights



  • Language Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology
  • U.S. History


  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

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

Materials Needed

  • teacher-selected examples of time lines
  • computers with Internet access or student-researched library materials about the civil rights movement
  • paper
  • pens or pencils
  • PowerPoint software (optional)

Lesson Plan

  • 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.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

Last updated 1/9/2017