Central Wisconsin History Collaborative

A Teaching American History Grant Project    



Social Movements


Print Media

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Lesson Plans & Misc.




Coles, Robert, The Story of Ruby Bridges, Scholastic: 1995.  Ruby must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.  RL 4.4




Feldman, Eve B., They Fought for Freedom: Children in the Civil Rights Movement, McGraw Hill School Division



Rappaport, Doreen, Martinís Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martian Luther King, Jr.,   Hyperion Books For Children: 2001.

An homage in word and pictures, in which the author weaves King's words with her own to present a brief but stately portrait of the American hero. Rappaport explains that as a child King was determined to use 'big words,' no doubt the result of listening to his father preach...In fact, King's words were huge in idealism, delivering a message that was big in simple yet profound ways that can be understood by young readers.  RL 3.4



Fritz, Jean, Brady, Puffin Books: 1988  A young Pennsylvania boy takes part in the pre-Civil War anti-slavery activities.  RL 5.6



King, Casey, and Osborne, Linda Barrett, Oh, Freedom! Kids Talk about the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen, Alfred A. Knopf: 1997  Interviews between young people and people who took part in the civil rights movement accompany essays that describe the history of efforts to make equality a reality for African Americans.  RL 7




The Civil Rights Movement in America: From 1865 to the Present, Patricia and Frederick McKissack (Scholastic Library, 1991). From the beginning of Reconstruction to the present, traces the struggle of blacks to gain their civil rights in America, with a brief comparison of their problems to those of other minorities. 



Young Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Heroine, Anne Benjamin (Troll Communications L.L.C., 1996).  Tells the story of young Rosa Parks, an African-American whose refusal to give up her seat on the bus to a white person in Alabama in 1955 marked the beginning of the end of segregation.  RL3.8
  Jed Dannenbaum, Drink and Disorder: Temperance Reform in Cincinnati from the Washington Revival to the Women's Christian Temperance Union (1984).


  Henry Mayer, All on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery (1998).


  Shirley J. Yee, Black Women Abolitionists: A Study in Activism, 1828-1860 (1992).


  • Rick Whiting's (CESA #12) lesson plans:

          American Experience, Semester 2 Persuasive Speech Topics



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