Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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 creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

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? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

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

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • 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. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Civil Rights.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How did activists like Rosa Parks, Jo Ann Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. work to bring about change?  
  • Where can people see evidence of the legacy of the Civil Rights movement today?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Civil Rights Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Continue exploring the Civil Rights movement with related BrainPOP topics, including Jim Crow, Martin Luther King Jr., and Brown v. Board of Education Topeka.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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