Using Primary Sources in the Classroom Civil Rights Movement Unit

This site is an introduction to the Civil Rights Movement through primary sources. Many of the major events which defined the modern Civil Rights Movement in America took place in Alabama during the 1950s and 1960s. Concerted efforts to guarantee African Americans equal access to public and private transportation, schools, voting booths, economic opportunities, and housing caused tremendous social turmoil all over the South, where legal discrimination against black Americans was most pronounced. The major topics include riding the bus, Birmingham 1963, marching for justice, and voting rights. Students will have the opportunity to read and analyze primary sources in preparation for creating a Public Service Annoucement video about the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Students might also make comparisons to Martin Luther King's "Why We Can't Wait" or create a synthesis essay based on primary source documents.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and...
CLE 3003.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3003.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3003.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
Use advanced searches effectively, assessing the credibility and effectiveness of sources in answering a research question; integrate relevant and...
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