Day 2 (continuation of Lesson 5)

SWBAT identify types of nonviolent protests and the impact they had on the Civil Rights Movement and why by examining Dr. King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail, and his nonviolence philosophy.


Economic Growth and Reform in Contemporary America (1945-Present)

5.14. Students describe the key events and accomplishments of the Civil Rights movement in the United States.

Historical Research, Evidence and Point of Vie

3. Students pose relevant questions about events they encounter in historical documents, eyewitness accounts, oral histories, letters, diaries, artifacts, photographs, maps, artworks, and architecture.

4. Students use nontext primary and secondary sources, such as maps, charts, graphs, photographs, works of art, and technical charts. 


Source Pack:

  • tool kit
  • Dr. King's Philosophy
  • Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham City Jail
  • Religious Leaders' Letter that prompted Dr. King's response 

Warm Up

Students view the video that's divided into violent and nonviolent actions and decide who caused the violence, the protesters or the onlookers, or the police/military.

Students share their thoughts. 

Violence and Nonviolence as strategies for Change

New Material

Today, we're going to take a look at Dr. King's Letter from the Birmingham City Jail.

With email and tweeter, we seldom write letters but turn and talk with your tablemates and think of reasons that you might write a letter. . . 

Let's begin by sourcing the letter the clergy sent to him and Dr. King's response. 



Students source Dr. King's Letter from the Birmingham City Jail.



Write a letter to your family explaining what of protest you chose and why.

Closure and Reflection

[The closure of a lesson should directly tie the new material, student practice, instructional objectives, and assessment together. It should also connect this lesson to the previous lesson and link to the next lesson(s). In this is space you can also include your notes about how the lesson went. You should indicate what worked well, what was problematic, ideas for modifying the lesson for future use, and how this particular lesson ties in with others in the same curricular unit.]