America’s Civil Rights Movement
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Grades: 6 - 12

Focus Area Description:  Explore America’s Civil Rights Movement with scholars, historians, and those who participated in the struggle.

Our current library of 101 videos in this Focus Area are available in the subareas listed to the right; to view them click a thumbnail and become a member of Educate.Today. 

To see sample videos in this area of the collection, click any of the titles below:

New February 2023! Story of Segregation—My Protest at the Gateway Arch

Other Samples:
New January 2023! Considering Reparations for Slavery
James Baldwin as a Voice for the Civil Rights Movement
Assessing Limitations, Impacts, and Implications of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Story of the Little Rock Nine

Quick Ideas for Using our America’s Civil Rights Movement Videos:

  • Provide the videos for students to view independently to gain insights into any particular historic or current event in the civil rights movement or to satisfy their own curiosity/interest in the topic.
  • Use the videos as a conversation starter for a class discussion on a topic, event, or person linked to your study of civil rights.
  • Use the videos with journal prompts for students to write about as they respond to/reflect on content included in the video.
  • Use the videos in class to show first person experiences as you study America’s civil rights movement.
  • Use the videos with lesson plans you create that have students research a particular time period, event, or person in America’s civil rights movement through secondary sources first and then gain first person perspective from the video. As part of the activity, have students evaluate how the primary source impacted their learning/understanding.
  • As part of student research for a History Day project, paper, etc., have students view relevant videos to find primary source information they can use.
  • Have students include insights gained through the videos as part of their projects, papers, and presentations on a history-related subject by:
    • interpreting and/or summarizing what they saw and learned in the video.
    • citing quotations from the expert in the video.