Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Civil Rights, and supports the standard of examining the judicial actions and legislative achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.


Display images that illustrate examples of civil rights, like people voting or someone giving a speech. Ask students: What rights do people have in America? 


  • Read aloud the description on the Civil Rights topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the four articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign Civil Rights Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about Civil Rights while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a mini-documentary about one major event in the Civil Rights Movement, like the March on Washington or Brown v. The Board of Education. Explain how that event advanced the cause.  
  • Make-a-Map: Make a timeline that sequences major events of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts that represent the contributions of different Civil Rights activists
  • Primary Source Activity: Analyze a photo and a document from the Civil Rights Era and cite details to answer the questions.

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Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of civil rights with these topics: Jim Crow, Martin Luther King Jr., and Brown v. Board of Education Topeka.

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