Exploring the Civil Rights Movement (6-12)

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Learn more about History and Hope, a FREE exhibition focusing on the Civil Rights Movement—on view through May, 18 2014.

Program description:
This workshop canvasses the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States through visual art, music and literature. Teachers will learn how to integrate a variety of primary sources to provide students with an enriched understanding of the fight for equality in the years 1954-1968. A special emphasis rests on honing students’ ability to observe and analyze media, make inferences from what they see and hear and integrate knowledge from a variety of source material.
In addition to acquiring strategies for arts integration, workshop facilitators will highlight the Nelson-Atkins’ extensive collection of photographs that illustrate the events that transpired in Mississippi, Harlem and beyond. Teachers will leave with new strategies for using art as well as digital files of Civil Rights-era photographs for use in the classroom.

Length: This workshop is available as a one-hour presentation or a 3-hour workshop.

Target audience: History and social studies teachers and literacy specialists.

This workshop is available offsite! Please indicate on your request form if you would like Nelson-Atkins staff to deliver this program at your school.

Program alignments to CCSS-ELA:
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
-Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12 #2

Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital sources.
-Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12 #7

Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
-Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12 #9

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