The Civil Rights Movement: Young Participants, Martyrs and Volunteers

Pia Townes, Social Studies, Wilson STEM Academy

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This unit helps students understand and gain content knowledge about the Civil Rights Movement with special attention on the role, motivation, and impact of children and young adults.  As students learn about the heroic roles young people played in Civil Rights Movement as either martyrs or volunteers, they should be able to express how they relate to the individuals and events using the inquiry-based thinking graphic organizer (I SEE/ I THINK/ I WONDER) during DO NOW and post lesson reflections.  At the beginning of each class, students analyze a photo from either my Civil Rights Equity tour, Norman Rockwell art, or newspaper photos during the Do Now.  After each lesson, students reflect on the individual and or event by placing themselves in the action and identifying their response to the situation. As they complete daily lessons including readings, art, political cartoons, and primary source documents, students should show understanding of content through formative assessments.  Lesson readings have short question and answer sheets while other presentations require student creativity.  By acquiring both content knowledge and understanding of the nonviolent actions, students are then able to achieve a connection to self, text, and the world.