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A Historic Movement – Teaching Presentation

Teach Starter Publishing
PowerPoint, PDF | 17 pages | Grades: 3 - 6

Introduce students to the people and events of the American civil rights movement with this 17-slide PowerPoint presentation.

What Was the Civil Rights Movement? 

We designed this class presentation to talk about the fight for equality in America in the 1950s and 60s. This lesson explores the significance of civil rights history and its influence on advocacy today by introducing students to history-making Black Americans, issues, and events like:

  • 13th Amendment (abolishment of slavery)
  • Jim Crow laws
  • Civil rights
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • March on Washington
  • Little Rock Nine
  • Rosa Parks
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • ‘I Have a Dream’ speech
  • 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • 1965 Voting Rights Act
  • Black Lives Matter

Students will also walk away from this lesson with the ability to discuss vocabulary and concepts like:

  • Discrimination
  • Segregation
  • Protests
  • Equality
  • Activism

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🗣️ Pre-Lesson Activity

Students can read this presentation independently, either at home or before starting the lesson as a group. Ask students to take notes about what they learned before beginning your lesson. 

🗣️ Turn & Talk

Ask students to write questions on a sticky note as the resource is presented, then put students into groups of 3 or 4 to help each other answer the questions on their sticky notes. 

🗣️ Be the Teacher

As a post-lesson activity, ask students what they would put on a quiz if they were the teacher. Ask students to write their own 5-question quiz using the information in the presentation. Then have them trade papers with another student to take the quiz.

Preparing This Resource for Your Students

Project this presentation on your smartboard or other projection device. 

MLK’s Fakebook Worksheet and our Blank Timeline Template are linked in the presentation to use for additional learning. 

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PowerPoint or PDF version of this resource. 


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