Documenting With Field Journals (Post Assessment)

Expose students to a variety of non-aggressive responses to injustice, e.g. boycott, marches, sit-ins, etc..


1.M.1. Identify techniques used in television to present commercials and other information (animation, close-ups, sound effects, music, graphics).

1.R.1. Generate questions and gather information from several sources in the classroom, school, or public library. 

1.EL.2. Write in complete sentences.

WRITING W.1.2: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.


1.“I Have A Dream” Speech Clip: http://www.neok12.com/php/watch.php?v=zX7b5b596f42706b5e00787b&t=Civil-Rights-Movement

2.Brown vs The Board of Education (NAACP): http://www.neok12.com/php/watch.php?v=zX760a6e7d58506758635545&t=Civil-Rights-Movement

3.Greensboro Sit-In Clip: http://www.neok12.com/php/watch.php?v=zX6a5a54565d5c0c52045477&t=Civil-Rights-Movement

4.Krull, Kathleen “What Was The March On Washington” (New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap, 2013).

Warm Up

Review and analyze the language used in the United States Pledge of Allegiance. Pay specific attention to ".... with liberty and justice for ALL..."

Discuss the students connections to the pledge.

New Material

Field Trips


1.Read What Was The March On Washington

2.Watch the resource-related clips prior to each field trip.

3.Students should record their reflections, observations and any questions in their Field Trip Journals during each trip.

Field Trip Locations:

American History Museum: SNCC Lunch Counter Exhibit (Greensboro Sit-In)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial: (Brown vs The Board of Education)

Lincoln Memorial: Fifth Grade “I Have A Dream” Reenactment- (I Have A Dream)


Students will identify methods of peaceful resistance, convey, relate, discuss and write about what they’ve learned about Civil Rights to complete the “L” part of your KWL Chart.

Closure and Reflection

Have students reflect on the how the civil rights movement included, and still includes, ensuring that the law equally protects the rights of all people. Discuss why these "rights" should be for all people in their community, their country and in their world. Review the big idea that when citizens focus on a common cause, power, passion, ideas, critical thinking and resources are tools they use in collaboration to unite and facilitate change.