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Activity Overview


Using a timeline layout, students will research one of the landmark moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Rather than having students create a timeline that focuses on the entire movement, students are encouraged to focus on one major event inside of the movement. This activity could be used as a summative review of the unit, or an assignment that helps students learn and teach one another about their findings. Teachers can assign events to students or give them the option of choosing their own event. In order to help students decide which event to select, it could be helpful to categorize each event by the impact or result that it had (ex. Educational opportunities, voting rights, employment rights, etc.).


Students may choose to illustrate the following events (among others):

  • March on Washington
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Murder of Emmitt Till
  • Rosa Parks refuses to give up seat
  • Little Rock Nine
  • Civil Rights Act (1957/1964)
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Assassination of JFK
  • Fair Housing Act
  • Brown vs Board of Education

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a timeline detailing the major events leading up to and during the Civil Rights Movement.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add cells to your timeline as needed.
  3. List out each of the events in sequential order.
  4. In the description boxes, describe the events.
  5. Create an image in each cell that depicts the events, using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save the storyboard and submit it to the assignment.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Timelines


Rubric

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Timeline
Create a timeline of important events and people, and explain their significance. Make sure the dates are correct, and the Photos for Class pictures are historically accurate or significant.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
Explanations/Descriptions
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
English Conventions
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.


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