Lesson Plan

The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s marched to its own beat—literally. Using songs from the era, as well as other primary sources such as King's "I Have a Dream" speech, class members analyze lyrics to discover how music and protest were related. Extension activities include oral history projects and additional web-based resources.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Analyze songs of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement to explore how the movement shaped music
  • Conduct oral history interviews around civil rights and the protests of the 1960s
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need to access the Internet to research and listen to songs
Pros
  • Use of music and supporting materials aids interdisciplinary study
  • Music and images are intriguing to pupils
Cons
  • At least one video is blocked