Lesson Plans & Classroom Activities
Civil Rights Technology Lesson
This technology lesson is a concluding study of the Civil Rights
Movement. It allows students research for themselves Alabama’s
role in the movement while also utilizing different forms of technology.
- As a warm up and review activity, use http://www.wmich.edu/politics/mlk/
and ask the class as a whole, or individually, to identify the
events and significance of each point on the timeline provided
at the website.
- Divide the class into four groups and assign each group one
of the following cities: Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, or
Selma. Instruct students to visit the following sites which contain
background information and primary source documents. Each group
must prepare a presentation about their city's role in the Civil
Rights Movement. If Internet access is limited, the information
at each site may be printed ahead of time and distributed to students
in hard copy form.
- Have each group present the findings of their research
and discuss as a class the impact of each city on the Civil Rights
Movement as whole.
- Show the following presentation to the class, and have students
individually write a reflection concerning their impressions and
feelings about the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Click
for the Presentation.
The following are quotes taken from seniors in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
who viewed the above presentation.
“It’s hard to believe that those h orrible things
actually took place in Alabama and even in Tuscaloosa. After seeing
pictures of the violence it makes it very real.”
“It makes me proud and also sad to be from Alabama. On one
hand, the oppression and violence in this state was shameful,
but on the other hand, it was the people of Alabama who helped
to bring about civil rights.”
“It seems like the beliefs that the members of the Civil
Rights Movement were fighting for are still issues that we fight
“After being accepted as an African American student to
the University of Alabama for next fall, it was hard to see pictures
of George Wallace blocking the school house door. The pictures
made me grateful to the students who were willing to fight segregation.”
- As a follow up activity students working in groups can create
their own PowerPoint presentations about the role of Alabama in
the Civil Rights Movement.