Subject Area: Language Arts and Social Studies
Reading Level: 7.7
Award-winning author Milton Meltzer details the struggles of the civil rights movement from the moment the first slave ships landed in the colonies to the fights for equality in the 1960s. This is the type of hard-hitting nonfiction that brings history to life, making us aware of the highs and lows of our nation.
Students will create a museum to illustrate their knowledge of the civil rights movement.
Standard: Student synthesizes information from multiple research studies to draw conclusions and uses systematic strategies (e.g., anecdotal scripting, annotated bibliographies, graphics, conceptual maps, learning logs, notes, outlines) to organize and record information.
- Ask students to think about a museum that they have visited. If your student population has not visited museums, consider showing them an online exhibit.
- Ask students, why do we have museums? What is their purpose? (educate, entertain, preserve, etc)
- Tell students that most items in a museum are shown with a panel that describes the object. Find or write sample panels to show the class as an example.
- Show students the advertisement on page 15 and have the class create a panel for this item.
- Tell students that they are going to create an exhibit about the book. Ask students to identify what the focus of their exhibit will be. Will it detail the challenges faced by African American? Will it discuss the government's role in civil rights? Create a list of some options with the students.
Have students photocopy pictures (or draw original pictures) and write a panel for each one of the objects they want to include in their exhibit. Each panel should answer the following:
a. What is this object?
b. Why is it important?
c. How does it relate to your exhibit?
- Allow groups of students to hang their exhibit around the classroom or hallway and give tours of their museum.
Other Books to Compare and Contrast
Dear Dr. King: Letters From Today's Children to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Jan Colbert
Present-day kids write to Dr. King expressing their fears and hopes for the future
Follow the Leader
by Vicki Winslow
The year is 1971 and Amanda tries to navigate the challenges of the desegregation of her small town in North Carolina.
Other Books by Milton Meltzer
Lincoln : In His Own Words
Mary McLeod Bethune : Voice of Black Hope (Women of Our Time Series)
Case Closed : The Real Scoop on Detective Work
Piracy & Plunder : A Murderous Business
Hold Your Horses! A Feedbag Full of Fact and Fable
Witches and Witch-Hunts: A History of Persecution
Teaching plan written by Gabrielle Nidus