Lesson Plan

'The Press and the Civil Rights Movement' Video Lesson

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Scholars watch a video featuring journalists who covered the civil rights movement, then respond to questions on a viewing guide. The video features interviews with participants and original news footage from the 1950s and 1960s. In addition, reporters give personal accounts of their struggles to provide fair and unbiased accounts of the protests.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members compare the media coverage as presented in the video with how media covered a more recent protest
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free NEWSEUMED account to view the video
  • Although designed for journalism classes, the resource is appropriate for any study of media literacy or the Civil Rights Movement
  • Preview the video to determine if the strong language and violence depicted are appropriate for your classroom
  • Plan to make copies, one per pupil, of the viewing guide worksheet and the "Civil Rights Movement" handout
  • The viewing guide includes both text-based and comprehension questions
  • The packet includes a teacher key for the viewing guide and optional extension activities
  • None
Common Core