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Activity Overview


In this activity, students will showcase the significance of several individuals during the Civil Rights Movement and their contributions. Students should consider asking "Why is this important?" to guide their research. Students will create a spider map detailing the significance of at least three figures of the Civil Rights Movement.

For each of the individuals the students choose, they should include the individual’s name in the title, a brief description of their impact on the Reconstruction Era and a visual representation of their legacy. While they're researching, they may want to create two lists labeled “Nice to Know” and “Need to Know” to help them sort through information.

For an alternative assignment or a more in depth look at different major figures, students can create biography posters! This activity encourages further research into a person's life and accomplishments, and can be helpful for understanding how they came to make the decisions that influenced history.

Important Figures of the Civil Rights Movement

  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Malcolm X
  • Rosa Parks
  • John Lewis
  • Joseph Rainey
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Hosea Williams
  • Gloria Richardson
  • Roy Wilkens
  • Dorothy Height

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Choose three significant individuals from the Civil Rights Movement and create a spider map storyboard that details who they are and what they did.

  1. Select three figures and research their significance and legacy.
  2. Write the names of each figure in the title boxes.
  3. Describe who they were and what their impact was in the description boxes.
  4. Create an visualization of them and perhaps one of their significant moments using scenes, characters, and objects.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual


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