NBC Learn: Finishing The Dream - The Civil Rights Movement
Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required
Website Example: http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/finishing-the-dream
Tech Product Equipment
Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers and/or headphones
Use videos to examine the Civil Rights Movement. Beginning with "1954: Separate Is Not Equal" and working through "Finishing the Dream," video clips highlight major events introducing people, places, and events of the era.
- Make sure the site is not blocked at your school. (The site currently - Aug 2015 - uses Adobe Flash, so be sure your browser has the plug-in.)
- Review the video clips and familiarize yourself with the content.
- Decide which ones you want to use.
- Prepare questions to promote critical thinking in the students.
- Download, print, and photocopy the Student Worksheet (Example Document - above).
- Discuss the Civil Rights Movements.
- Show selected video clips.
- Divide class into pairs. Assign each pair one section of clips.
- Students work together watching videos, filling out the summary sheets and organizing a presentation for the class.
- Set up a timeline for the oral presentations.
- Presentations can include a written essay about the Civil Rights Movement or a report on what they learned.
- Before the day of presentations discuss with the students what constitutes an oral presentation, including what makes a good listener.
- Generate questions and observations as you watch the video clips.
- Other free resources at this site include Mysteries of the Brain , Changing Planet , and the Sinking of the Titanic . Explore them and use in a similar way.
Select subjects and subcategories
English Language Arts
- U.S. History