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Lesson Plans (15) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (31) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (7) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (5) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Social Studies (11)
Title: Music: A Vehicle for Wartime Protest
Description: Students will examine the significance of music as a medium for wartime protest. They will demonstrate their skills at interpreting primary source material to identify the artist's objections to war and investigate the historical context in which protest songs were written. Finally, students will choose their own wartime protest song to analyze and present to the class.  


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Subject: Social Studies (10 - 11)
Title: History: It's All Around Me
Description: Most students are unaware of the historical significances that can be found in their immediate surroundings. This lesson plan sends students on a quest to seek out areas of historical significance that can be found within their local area. Once students find these hidden historical gems they will report their findings via photo story. This lesson plan has been made with Alabama historical places of reference in mind; you will need to adapt it for your own individual state.


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Subject: Social Studies (9 - 11)
Title: Three Principles of Civil Disobedience: Thoreau, Gandhi, and King
Description: Both Mahatmas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. were influenced by Henry David Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience." Have students research and read, using the Internet, the first part of Thoreau's essay. Then have students write an essay analyzing how Thoreau's writing influenced Gandhi and King. Have them include in their essay the following:1. What is the focal point of "Civil Disobedience?"2. Did Gandhi and King agree with everything in Thoreau's essay?3. How did Thoreau's philosophies influence Gandhi and King?4. How did Gandhi influence King? This lesson was created to accompany the Alabama African American History Calendar Project.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 11)
Title: African American Honorees in Alabama History
Description: Students will create a PowerPoint slide show presentation and brochure on a famous African American icon from the Alabama Calendar. Students may select famous African Americans from Alabama such as Rosa Parks, Vonetta Flowers, Dr. Mae Jemison, Joe Louis, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron, Dr. Regina Benjamin, Dr. Ethel Hall, Judge Oscar Adams, Billie Jean Young, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This lesson was created to accompany the Alabama African American History Calendar Project.


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Subject: English Language Arts (11 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Civil Rights Movement Photo Story Timeline
Description: In this lesson students will be able to explain various events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. The students will be divided into groups of 5. Each student within the group will receive an individual role of spokesperson, graphic designer, technical director or reporter. The groups will develop a Photo story timeline on four events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement using Microsoft Photo Story 3. This program will allow the students to create incredible multimedia video presentations using still images combined with text, narration and music. Each group will present their Photo Story presentation to the class and the students in the audience will complete an audience input guide.


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Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The 1960s: A Time of Contrast, Change, and Controversy
Description: This lesson explores the 1960s and the contrasts, changes, and controversies that occurred during the period. The teacher will present an overview of the cultural and social aspects of the period. Students will choose a person, event, or area involved in the decade. Each student will research his/her topic and present the research in a brochure, flyer, newsletter, or powerpoint presentation using the appropriate technology.


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Subject: Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Civil Rights Movement
Description: This is a lesson to help students learn important historical information about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 60's. It is designed to introduce students to common beliefs of the time as well as important individuals in the movement. It will also help students to make judgments about how society today is different because of the Civil Rights Movement. The lesson will also utilize technology to bring the lesson alive for the students.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Ordinary People, Ordinary Places: The Civil Rights Movement     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, focuses on the individual men and women who embraced Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message of nonviolent protest and advanced the Civil Rights Movement on a local level. Students come to understand how protest at the local level contributed to the success of the Civil Rights Movement as a whole.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Exploring the Power of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Words through Diamante Poetry     
Description: Students explore the ways that powerful and passionate words communicate the concepts of freedom, justice, discrimination, and the American Dream in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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We Would Rather Walk: the Bus Boycott in Montgomery
http://www.archives....
This concise unit explores the conditions the led to the bus boycott in Montgomery and the catalytic effect it had on the Civil Rights Movement. This plan is prepared for 6th grade students, but can be easily adapted to lower grades.

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Teaching with Documents - Civil Rights Act & Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
http://www.archives....
In 1964 Congress passed Public Law 88-352 (78 Stat. 241). The provisions of this civil rights act forbade discrimination on the basis of gender as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing. Today, according to the U. S. Government Manual of 1998-99, the EEOC enforces laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or age in hiring, promoting, firing, setting wages, testing, training, apprenticeship, and all other terms and conditions of employment. This website is a lesson plan on teaching the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday Lesson Plan
http://www.pbs.org/j...
This lesson helps students learn about lynching and its relationship to racism in American history and to appreciate the ways in which jazz contributed to the political awareness of the American public.

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Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. DuBois: Differing Views
http://www.archives....
Students will read and illustrate Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech using either Photo Story or PowerPoint. Students will read an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk and complete an analysis sheet. Students will compare and contrast the viewpoints of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois using a Venn Diagram.

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DuBois & Washington Response to Jim Crow Laws
http://www.archives....
Students will use primary sources to compare the responses of W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington to Jim Crow laws.

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iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.o...
Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

Podcasts


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Father of Minstrelsy
http://www.youtube.c...
A short video showing images of Thomas Rice as "Jim Crow," minstrel inspired toys, and clips from minstrel performances. Video features the "Jump Jim Crow" tune.

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Popularity of Ministrel Shows
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The stage was not the only place where caricatures of African-Americans were on display. The graphic art on Minstrel Show sheet music and posters were also venues to display highly caricatured images. These images set the tone for the ridicule that ensued, at the expense of African-Americans, at minstrel shows.

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JFK Announces Civil Rights Act
http://www.ferris.ed...
1964 Civil Rights Act announcement by President John F. Kennedy. This source is just one component of the Jim Crow Museum website.

Informational Materials


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Alabama Moments in American History
http://www.alabamamo...
This website provides supplemental materials correlated to the 10th and 11th grade Social Studies Course of Study and the graduation exam. These resources were created in an effort to show how Alabama's history is interwoven with the history of the U. S.

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Alabama African American History Calendar Project
http://alafricanamer...
Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.

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Who was Jim Crow?
http://www.ferris.ed...
After the American Civil War (1861-1865), most southern states and, later, border states passed laws that denied blacks basic human rights. It is not clear how, but the minstrel character's name "Jim Crow" became a kind of shorthand for the laws, customs and etiquette that segregated and demeaned African Americans primarily from the 1870s to the 1960s. This resource is one component of the Jim Crow Museum.

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Jim Crow Laws
http://www.ferris.ed...
The segregation laws written on this wall are a sample of the thousands of laws that existed during the Jim Crow period. This list was compiled by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site Interpretive Staff. This resource is found on the Jim Crow Museum website.

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1965 Alabama Literacy Test
http://www.ferris.ed...
Jim Crow refers to the racial hierarchy that defined American life through a set of laws and practices which operated primarily, but not exclusively, in southern and border states between 1877 and the mid-1960s. The Jim Crow Museum webiste also includes the literacy test for Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Scottsboro Trial Transcript
http://law2.umkc.edu...
Transcript of the Scottsboro Trial in 1931. This trial is the basis for the trial in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird.

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iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.o...
Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

Interactives/Games


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Interactive Maps on African-American Racism
http://www.pbs.org/w...
Browse a series of maps that include details on the Jim Crow Laws that were passed after Reconstruction; historic information on the black colleges and universities that were founded between 1830-1960; state-by-state population statistics for blacks and whites and the number of blacks who migrated between the states over six decades; lynching statistics for blacks and whites for each state and a brief summary of the major race riots that occurred in the United States.

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A Fateful Journey - Scottsboro Map
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In 1931, the paths of nine young black men and two young white women converged on the train tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Decatur, Alabama. The criminal trials that resulted would spark the civil rights movement. Follow the journey of the passengers as they boarded the train and met their fates.

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iCivics: Civil Rights
http://www.icivics.o...
Four lessons use primary documents, readings, activities and more to introduce key concepts and events. There are also interactive games and simulations available.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day.     
Description: Students study Martin Luther King Jr.'s '' I Have a Dream'' speech and work in groups to create a mural that depicts Dr. King's vision of peace.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his '' I Have a Dream'' speech in 1963.     
Description: Students explore the '' I Have a Dream'' Foundation's website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, was integrated in 1957.     
Description: After viewing some footage from the actual event, students jot down thoughts and feelings of the Little Rock Nine. Students then write a bio-poem that might have been written by one of these students on this historic day.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.     
Description: Students make believe that the year is 1955 and they just heard about Parks' arrest. Students write newspaper editorials with their points of view on segregation.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Malcolm X was born in Nebraska in 1925.     
Description: Students write about the origin of their name and explore the names that Malcolm X used during this life.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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