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Stories of Freedom & Justice: Learning Resources
Webpage of resources – lesson plans, videos, family activities, and instructional media related to the nonviolent civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Featured resources include videos and a teacher’s guide for the Museum's Join the Student Sit-Ins program, literacy-based family activities on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the student sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, and an archived webcast of an oral history of the three surviving members of the Greensboro Four.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Students Sit for Civil Rights Homepage
Parent's guide with activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu, a work of children’s literature about the Greensboro sit-ins that played an important role in the civil rights movement.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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The Battleground-Separate and Unequal Education
Online exhibit showing how laws and customs led to separate and unequal education for people of color in the United States and the efforts made by citizens to guarantee equal education in the century before the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The Battleground: Separate and Unequal Education is the second section of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Greensboro Lunch Counter
Lesson examining the Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter that was the site of a sit-in strike by four African-American students in 1960. Includes curator commentaries, interviews with the Greensboro four, related objects, videos, and related resources show how the Greensboro sit-in sparked widespread student activism that was at the heart of the civil rights movement. Students will use what they have learned to create their own virtual exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Past Half Century: Achieving Equality
Lesson plan has students analyze political cartoons and letters to the editor in order to identify and examine the range of reactions to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision and the ways in which the Court’s mandates were enacted or blocked. Students will also be asked to connect a more recent civil rights or education issue to the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Treasures of American History: National Challenges
Online exhibit presenting objects from the Smithsonian collection that document the struggles, conflicts, and controversies that have shaped our nation. Topics discussed: American Revolution, slavery, westward expansion, Civil War, women’s suffrage, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights movement, and AIDS. Includes a Spanish translation.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Word Art with King's Words
Lesson in which students examine one or more of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s letters or speeches and turn powerful words and phrases into word art using the online tool, Wordle. Part of the resource “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Youth Town Hall with the Greensboro Civil Rights Pioneers: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Student Sit-In (Lecture Video)
Archived webcast where three members of the Greensboro Four reflect on their experiences as nonviolent protesters during the civil rights movement and answer audience questions. The three surviving members of the Greensboro Four, Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair, Jr.), Franklin McCain, and Joseph McNeil were part of a bold action which ignited student involvement in the civil rights movement when they staged a sit-in at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, on February 1, 1960. Targets grades 7-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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