Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Fannie Lou Hamer, and supports the standard of describing the lives and contributions of historical figures from the Civil Rights era. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • Who are some civil rights activists that you have heard of? Who are they and what do you know about them
  • Many civil rights activists fought for equal voting rights. What does it mean to ‘fight for voting rights’?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

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

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about Fannie Lou Hamer 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 video diary from Fannie Lou Hamer’s perspective describing one of her accomplishments. (Essential Literacy Skill: Integrate content presented in media)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map sequencing the major events in Fannie Lou Hamer’s life.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine the main idea and supporting details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a newscast reporting on Fannie Lou Hamer’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Essential Literacy Skill: Use domain specific words and phrases)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Fannie Lou Hamer Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Fannie Lou Hamer Quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Deepen understanding by analyzing a song sung by Fannie Lou Hamer to her fellow activists in this Fannie Lou Hamer worksheet.

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