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  • Experiences of the Civil Rights Movement: A roundtable project: This activity allows students to participate in a roundtable discussion by taking on the persona of someone who lived and experienced the Civil Rights Movement. By participating in a role playing simulation, students are more able to achieve higher-level thinking skills and, as a result, hopefully be able to think more critically about the Civil Rights Era.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have A Dream” speech: Students will display their understanding of the symbolism and references that Dr. King used to enrich his famous speech on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by constructing a “jackdaw,” a collection of documents and objects.
  • Freedom songs of the civil rights movement: Students will listen to freedom songs recorded during the civil rights movement, 1960–1965. Students will write about personal reactions to the music and lyrics. Through reading and pictures, students will briefly explore historical events where these songs were sung. Listening again, students will analyze and describe — musically — particular song(s).

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Maintained by the National Park Service this web page is useful for anyone planning a trip to the King historic site in Atlanta, GA.

Teachers will find the Teacher’s Guide particularly useful since it not only includes logistical information regarding school visits but, also provides teaching resources (handouts, information sheets, and other learning activities) arranged by grade level.

For those unable to visit Atlanta the site offers a virtual tour of King’s Birth Home. Note: at the time of this review the link was not working properly.