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NBC Learn: Finishing The Dream - The Civil Rights Movement

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers and/or headphones

Activity Description

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.


  1. 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.)
  2. Review the video clips and familiarize yourself with the content.
  3. Decide which ones you want to use.
  4. Prepare questions to promote critical thinking in the students.
  5. Download, print, and photocopy the Student Worksheet (Example Document - above).


  1. Discuss the Civil Rights Movements.
  2. Show selected video clips.
  3. Divide class into pairs. Assign each pair one section of clips.
  4. Students work together watching videos, filling out the summary sheets and organizing a presentation for the class.
  5. Set up a timeline for the oral presentations.
  6. Presentations can include a written essay about the Civil Rights Movement or a report on what they learned.
  7. Before the day of presentations discuss with the students what constitutes an oral presentation, including what makes a good listener.

Teacher Tips

  • Generate questions and observations as you watch the video clips.

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English Language Arts

  • Speech

Social Studies

  • U.S. History
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.