Civil Rights
Age 10-12: Concept 3 - Change: Unit 2

The leaders and activists of the Civil Rights Movement challenged and overcame racial segregation and discrimination through non-violent direct action throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In this unit, you'll learn about life under segregation, the efforts to integrate schools and public services, the heroism of people like Rosa Parks, the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., the role of young people in the Civil Rights Movement, and the enduring legacies of the Movement. You'll also learn valuable research skills as you conduct a unit-long research project, either through oral history interviewing or using library and Internet sources.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the fifth or sixth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Life Under Segregation
  • Lesson 2: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Lesson 3: School Desegregation
  • Lesson 4: Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides
  • Lesson 5: Music and Youth in the Movement
  • Lesson 6: Martin Luther King, Jr. (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Freedom Summer
  • Lesson 8: Conducting Your Research
  • Lesson 9: Legacies of the Movement
  • Final Project: Presenting Your Research (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
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