Saturday, August 30, 2014

Literary Study of the Civil Rights Movement

published on: 2/28/2003

Contributing Teacher(s): Nickie Jones

Subject Area: Communication Arts/Integrated

Grade Range: High School (9-12)

Materials Needed:

  • Computer with Internet access
  • PowerPoint software
  • Camcorder for video newscast
  • Novel Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin
  • Copies of local obituaries as examples

Instructional Strategy: Prior Knowledge & Connections

Process Standards:

  • Goal 1.2 conduct research to answer questions and evaluate information and ideas
  • Goal 1.4 use technological tools and other resources to locate, select and organize information

Content Standards:

  • Communication Arts 4. Writing formally (such as reports, narratives, essays) and informally (such as outlines, notes)
  • Communication Arts 6. Participating in formal and informal presentations and discussions of issues and ideas

    G.L.E.:

    Time Allowance: 3-4 weeks (on a block schedule)

    Description: This unit is designed to combine students'' knowledge of the civil rights movement and its effects--John Howard Griffin (author), Martin Luther King, Jr., multicultural


    Classroom Component:
    This unit is designed to combine students' knowledge of the civil rights movement and its effects, students' abilities to read and evaluate literature, and students' skills in applying technology to various situations.

    Students will read the novel Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin, and complete activities based on the novel. They will write a letter about segregation, write an obituary for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., write a journal entry as an extension of the novel, prepare a PowerPoint presentation about an influential figure from the civil rights era, and prepare a video newscast about an event from the civil rights movement.

    All activities will incorporate technology: students will visit various Web sites to gather information for the writing activities. Students should include relevant photos downloaded from the Internet in their presentations.

    Teacher Notes:

    The cooperative portion of the unit is the video news broadcast. Students pick their own groups (they may also use "outsiders" to play roles). They may videotape on their own time away from school or use the school's camcorder and tape during a class session. These videos are then shown during our "celebration" when we have a soul food potluck dinner. (Every student makes and brings a traditional Southern dish.) PowerPoint presentations are done in the computer lab using the projector. Students simply read their information to the class, giving any additional information as needed.




    SCHEDULE OF LESSONS

    Lesson 1:

    Read and discuss the novel Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin.

    Lesson 2:

    Visit the virtual museum Web site for the novel and complete the various activities described.
      Exhibit Hall 1 —letter about segregation
      Exhibit Hall 2 —voting rights in Alabama (we just discuss this one)
      Exhibit Hall 3 —obituary for Dr. King
      Exhibit Hall 4 —journal entry
    Lesson 3:

    Present a news broadcast for a teen audience describing a newsworthy historical civil rights event.

    Lesson 4:

    Prepare a PowerPoint presentation on an influential figure from the civil rights era.


    MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE
    Black Like Me, a Study of Civil Rights
    African-American Lit. Unit
    Internet Project

This project will revolve around the novel Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin. Many of the issues facing African-Americans during the 1960s are presented in the story. Through this unit, you will gain an understanding of some of the difficulties faced and overcome by African-Americans. You will also use various technological sources to complete the projects.

Project 1

Tour the virtual museum for this novel and complete the projects for each exhibit (excluding exhibit hall 2). In the computer lab, go to the following Web site:
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/blm/blmtg.html"Virtual Museum Teacher Guide," San Diego County Office of Education
Tour each exhibit hall and follow instructions for each assignment described. Scoring guides are attached.

Project 2

With one or two partners, prepare a news broadcast to report on an event from the civil rights movement. Go to the following Web site:
http://www.factmonster.com/spot/civilrightstimeline1.html "Civil Rights Movement Timeline," Fact Monster.
Choose one of the events to research and prepare a news story similar to a Channel One broadcast. You might also want to visit www.channelone.com, Channel One Network. With your partner(s), write your story and videotape it. You may include interviews and/or reenactments. Videos will be presented to the class. Scoring guide is attached.

Project 3

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation on an influential figure from the civil rights era. Use the Internet to research someone who contributed to the civil rights movement and use this information in your presentation. Design a title slide and prepare a minimum of five content slides. Incorporate graphics, movement, and sound. Scoring guide is attached.

POINTS POSSIBLE
Letter about segregation (x 5) _____/20  
Dr. King obituary (x 5) _____/20  
Journal entry (x 5) _____/20  
News broadcast (x 25) _____/100  
PowerPoint presentation (x 10) _____/40  
  TOTAL _____/200





SCORING GUIDE
Letter About Segregation

4 Letter thoroughly exhibits student's understanding about the issue segregation. Letter clearly communicates student's point of view. Mechanical errors are kept to a minimum.
3 Letter adequately exhibits student's understanding of segregation. Letter communicates student's point of view. Mechanical errors are few and are not distracting.
2 Letter somewhat exhibits student's understanding of segregation. Letter has difficulty communicating student's point of view. Mechanical errors may be distracting.
1 Letter shows little understanding of the issue of segregation. Letter does not communicate student's point of view. Mechanical errors are repeated and distracting.
All point values multiplied by 5: TOTAL ________/20



SCORING GUIDE
Obituary for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

4 Obituary contains all pertinent biographical information and thorough information on Dr. King's life and teachings. Obituary clearly exhibits research into Dr. King's life. Mechanical errors are minimal.
3 Obituary contains all pertinent biographical information and some informat

For additional information contact :
Nickie Jones
Conway High
Laclede Co. R-I
(417) 589-2941
EMAIL:
njones@fs1.conway.k12.mo.us

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