During the 1950s and early 1960s, African American workers at many large-scale bakery factories weren't allowed to work as bread dough mixers or bread dough handlers. This children's book by Margaret H. Mason introduces this labor and civil rights issue to young children.
Classroom Resource: Use the discussion questions and pre- and post-reading activities in These Hands Teacher's Guide to educate young students about segregation and the history of the civil rights movement in America.
This story makes a great read aloud for your class. The picture book's rhythmic text transports children back in time to the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955–1956. It takes students on a journey through historical events that led to the eventual end of racial segregation on buses.
Classroom Resource: Use this Teacher's Guide to Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation as you study civil rights during 1950s America. This literature guide includes discussion questions about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, segregation, Rosa Parks, the Jim Crow laws, and nonviolent resistance. It also describes creative-writing activities, music activities, and community activism ideas for your class.
Classroom Resource: This Discussion & Activity Guide for Hope's Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons includes lesson plans and activities that align with Common Core reading standards. After reading the book, students will make an Emancipation Proclamation timeline, listen to a Negro spiritual, and write a poem about freedom.
Teach young children about the lives of former slaves and their families during the Reconstruction Era with this picture book by Kelly Starling Lyons. In the children's story, Ellen learns the significance of the family broom as her parents—both former slaves—legally register their marriage.
Classroom Resource: Ellen's Broom Discussion Guide & Activities includes pre-reading and post-reading discussion questions and art activities to extend students' learning.
Classroom Resource: Study the life of Barack Obama with this Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope. Resources includes pre-reading questions, discussion topics, and cross-curricular projects to further young children's knowledge of this important political figure.
This informational picture book details the unlikely and enduring friendship of two prominent equal rights activists — Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass — who worked together to gain equality for women and African Americans. Together, they changed America.
Classroom Resource: Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass Activity & Discussion Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions, activities, and coloring sheets. Students will explore what freedom and equality means to them, draw their own book cover, and host a classroom debate.
This picture book biography of Malcolm X, written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, emphasizes the enduring values and lessons that young Malcolm learned from his parents.
Classroom Resource: Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X Common Core Curriculum Guide contains discussion questions and classroom activities to use with the story.
Classroom Resource: Don't Say Ain't Discussion Guide will help you promote thoughtful discussion on race, language, civil rights, and diversity. It includes information on integration in the 1950s and questions to ask your students.
Inspired by her family's history, this picture book by Joyce Carol Thomas explores the experience of African-American pioneers — brave men and women — who participated in the Oklahoma Land Runs of the late 1880s.
Classroom Resource: I Have Heard of a Land Teacher's Guide includes cross-curricular activities and questions for group discussion. Children will learn about African-American pioneers and the Oklahoma Land Runs of the late 1880s.
Introduce young students to the work of Nobel prize-winning writer Toni Morrison with this narrated pictorial journey of school desegregation in the 1950s.
Classroom Resource: Remember: The Journey to School Integration Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, photographs, and online resources to increase students' knowledge of the civil rights movement in America.
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