The Civil Rights Movement | Major Protests, Leaders, and Turning Points


In this lesson, students tour through major events of the Civil Rights Movement by “visiting” stops where those major events took place. They will analyze each stop along the way by assessing the type of protest that occurred and the pushback that resulted.

Pages: 10 pages (+ key) and 42 slides

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In this compelling lesson, students embark on a historical tour through the significant events of the Civil Rights Movement, virtually “visiting” the crucial locations where historical milestones unfolded. The analysis delves into the types of protests that occurred, the addressed issues, the involved Civil Rights organizations, and the resulting pushback at each stop along the way. Furthermore, several tragedies that left a profound impact during the Civil Rights Movement will also be examined. You can view more in the preview here – Historical Tour through the Civil Rights Movement

This lesson extends over six days of class. As the Civil Rights Movement often falls towards the end of the school year, teachers frequently face the challenge of time constraints while attempting to cover this essential content adequately. This lesson is thoughtfully designed to address each major issue related to the Civil Rights Movement, while also recognizing evolving goals of the movement and the pivotal role young people played in driving social change.

The following topics are included:

Segregation | Voter Suppression | Economic Inequality | Civil Disobedience | Nonviolent Resistance | the Green Book | Brown v. Board of Education | Plessy v. Ferguson | NAACP | Thurgood Marshall | Emmett Till | Rosa Parks | Montgomery Bus Boycott | Martin Luther King Jr | SNCC | the Freedom Riders | the Children’s Crusade | the March in Washington | Civil Rights Act of 1964 | the Voting Rights Act of 1965 | the 24th Amendment | Freedom Summer | Fannie Lou Hamer | John Lewis | The Fair Housing Act

Included in this resource:

  • A PowerPoint Version of the handout (editable)
  • A PDF Version of the handout (not editable)
  • A PowerPoint version and a Google Slides version of the presentation
  • A digital version of the lesson for completing in Google Classroom
  • A lesson plan with guidance for implementation
  • Assessment (students create a Google Site about the Civil Rights Movement – template provided)

This lesson addresses the following NYS Social Studies Standards:

8.9a.1 – Students will compare and contrast the strategies used by civil rights activists, such as Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.

8.9a.2 – Students will explain the significance of key civil rights victories, including President Truman’s desegregation of the military, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

8.9a.3 – Students will examine the extent to which the economic situation of African Americans improved as a result of the civil rights movement.


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