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Opelika Middle School, Opelika City Schools
Intended to be used as an introductory activity with the novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis, this five-and-a-half minute video provides a brief overview of the climate and significant events that occurred in Birmingham and across the South in 1963. The question in the title is to provoke students to think about why the Watson family would choose to make the trek from the relatively calm Flint, Michigan, to the turmoil-filled Birmingham, Alabama. Other than the allusion in the title and mention in the end credits, this podcast does not make any specific reference's to Curtis' book, and can therefore be used as a stand-alone tool in the study of the Civil Rights Movement.
Content Areas: English/Language Arts, Social Studies
Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:
[ELA2013] (7) 8: Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history. [RL.7.9]
[SS2010] USS6 (6) 9: Critique major social and cultural changes in the United States since World War II.