New Black History Month Collection: notes, videos & more

Posted January 17, 2014 under Article of the Week, Common Core, Subtext News

What was it like in Washington on the day of the march fifty years ago? How was non-violent protest used in the fight for civil rights? Help your students bring it to life in our new Black History Month collection!

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in August 1963, we’ve developed new materials to help you engage your students! Each text provides unique insight into what it was like to be part of the crowd that gathered in Washington on that historic day. Several texts examine the strategy and effectiveness of non-violent protests as a means to bring about change.

Students can evaluate the persuasive rhetoric of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, analyze previously-unreleased images from that day, and read accounts from those who were there. The collection is full of primary sources, embedded videos, polls, and even an interview with a special guest on the Stephen Colbert show!

Featured Black History Month Texts:

  • More Than a Dream: Photos of the March on Washington: Some newly-released photos are included and annotations ask students to infer what it was like to be there. (Grades 4-12)
  • Last Word: Rep John Lewis shares his memories of that historic day, including with Stephen Colbert! (Grades 6-12)
  • Civil Rights: Songs and Poems: This compilation has students look at poems and song lyrics from the day. (Grades 4-12)
  • Images from the Civil Rights Movement: This text includes 19 images from the Library of Congress that help students understand the consequences of non-violent protest. (Grades 4-12)
  • 1968 Olympics Silent Protest: This raises awareness of black athletes’ famous actions and bridges into the Black Power movement. (Grades 6-12)
  • ‘The Ballot or the Bullet’: This famous speech by Malcolm X is enriched with video and comparisons to Dr. King’s style of protest. (Grades 6-12)
  • ‘I Have a Dream’ (iPad only): A video segment of this speech is embedded on each page of the text, so students can closely analyze rhetorical devices and delivery as they read. (Grades 6-12)
  • ‘Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History on the 1963 March’ (iPad only): This text includes a rarely-seen 4-minute mini-documentary. (Grades 4-12)

Click here to join the group or use code: KSWHEMBH.

Don’t forget to check out all our Article of the Week collections.

Happy reading!
The Subtext team at Renaissance Learning

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