People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974

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    • The History All Around Us: Roosevelt High School and the 1968 Eastside Blowouts

    • Teaching Activity. By Brian C. Gibbs. 6 pages.
      A teacher uses the activist history of Theodore Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles to pose students the question: “What would you be willing to do to create change?”

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Latino, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Lessons in Solidarity: Grady Hospital Workers United (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Lessons in Solidarity: Grady Hospital Workers United

    • Teaching Activity. By Larry Miller. 6 pages.
      Story and discussion questions about a teacher’s own experience of labor solidarity.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Labor | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Our Grandparents’ Civil Rights Era: Family Letters Bring History to Life (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Our Grandparents’ Civil Rights Era: Family Letters Bring History to Life

    • Teaching Activity. By Willow McCormick. 7 pages.
      An elementary school teacher connects the Civil Rights Movement to students’ family history by asking their grandparents to share their memories of the Movement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • Pump Up the Blowouts: Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Chicano/a School Blowouts (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Pump Up the Blowouts: Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Chicano/a School Blowouts

    • Teaching Activity. By Gilda L. Ochoa. 5 pages.
      Reflections on teaching students about the 1968 walkouts by Chicano students in California.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Education, Latino, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Rethinking the Teaching of the Vietnam War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking the Teaching of the Vietnam War

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
      A role play on the history of the Vietnam War that is left out of traditional textbooks.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Rethinking What We Know About the Vietnam War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking What We Know About the Vietnam War

    • Teaching Activity. Zinn Education Project. 2010. 21 pages.
      Two lessons to introduce key facts about the Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers, documents that provide essential history that is often ignored by textbooks.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • A Revolution of Values (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • A Revolution of Values

    • Teaching Activity. By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 3 pages.
      Text of speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War, followed by three teaching ideas.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Salt of the Earth: Grounds Students in Hope

    • Teaching Activity. By S.J. Childs. 6 pages.
      The author describes how she introduces students to the classic 1953 film, Salt of the Earth, about a miners’ strike in New Mexico.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Latino, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • School Days: Hail, Hail, Rock ‘n’ Roll! (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • School Days: Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll!

    • Teaching Activity. By Rick Mitchell. 10 pages.
      Description of a course on the history of music in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • "A School Year Like No Other": Eyes on the Prize: "Fighting Back: 1957-1962"

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 7 pages.
      A companion lesson to the Eyes on the Prize segment on school integration.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Stepping into Selma: Voting Rights History and Legacy Today (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Stepping into Selma: Voting Rights History and Legacy Today

    • Teaching Activity. Teaching for Change. 2015. 20 pages.
      Introductory lesson on key people and events in the long history of the Selma freedom movement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines

    • Teaching Activity. By the Zinn Education Project. 100 pages.
      Eight lessons about the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, and whistleblowing.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Media, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Warriors Don't Cry: Connecting History, Literature, and Our Lives

    • Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. 21 pages.
      Role play and writing activities for language arts and social studies on the Little Rock Nine, Brown v. Board, and schooling in general. Designed for use with the memoir Warriors Don’t Cry.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Language Arts, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • We Had Set Ourselves Free’: Lessons on the Civil Rights Movement (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • 'We Had Set Ourselves Free': Lessons on the Civil Rights Movement

    • Teaching Activity. By Doug Sherman. 4 pages.
      The author describes how he uses biographies and film to introduce students to the role of people involved in the Civil Rights Movement beyond the familiar heroes. He emphasizes the role and experiences of young people in the Movement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • ‘What We Want, What We Believe’: Teaching with the Black Panthers’ Ten Point Program | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • ‘What We Want, What We Believe’: Teaching with the Black Panthers’ Ten Point Program

    • Teaching Activity. By Wayne Au. 7 pages.
      The author describes how he used a study of the Black Panther’s Ten Point Program to help students assess issues in their own communities and to develop Ten Point Programs of their own. Available in Spanish.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Black Upsurge Against Racial Segregation

    • Teaching Activity. By Tasha Boettcher. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 17 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the long Civil Rights Movement in America.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Radical Vision (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Radical Vision

    • Teaching Activity. By Craig Gordon, Urban Dreams, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. 2003.
      Lesson to introduce students to the speeches and work of Dr. King beyond “I have a dream.”

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Lessons from Freedom Summer: Ordinary People Building Extraordinary Movements

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Kathy Emery, Linda Reid Gold and Sylvia Braselmann. Foreword by Howard Zinn. 2008. 456 pages.
      Readings and lessons on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Education, Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • Losing Control in the 1970s

    • Teaching Activity. By Jennifer Rosebrook. 16 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 20 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the legacy of scandal since the end of the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching

    • Teaching Guide and Website. Edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View. 2004. 576 pages.
      Provides lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement, with a focus on education, economics, labor, youth, women, and culture.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades Pre-K-2, High School
    • Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

    • Teaching Activity. By Julian Hipkins III, Deborah Menkart, Sara Evers, and Jenice View.
      Role play on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) that introduces students to a vital example of small “d” democracy in action. For grades 7+.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • Vietnam and Beyond: The Historic Resistance

    • Teaching Activity. By Mike Benbow and Robin Pickering. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 18 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on opposition to the Vietnam War.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Imperialism, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Women, Gays, and Other Voices of Resistance

    • Teaching Activity. By Jack Bareilles. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 19 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the emergence and legacy of the 1960s counterculture, as well as the movements it helped create.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBT, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Attica Prison Uprising

    • Resource list.
      Overview with links to articles, books, primers, films, and websites about the Attica Prison Uprising for the classroom.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Reading Levels: High School
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