Young Heroes: Children of the Civil Rights Movement

Lesson 24


Unit 3

5th Grade

Lesson 24 of 35


Determine the main ideas the author is trying to convey about the civil rights movement in chapter 8 and describe how the author uses key details to support the main idea. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights by Belinda Rochelle  — Chapter 8

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

What main ideas about the civil rights movement is the author trying to convey in chapter 8? What details does the author include to support the main idea? 

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Key Questions

  • Summarize what happened at the March for Jobs and Freedom. 
  • Close-read the excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. What message is Martin Luther King Jr. trying to convey? Why does the author include this excerpt? 
  • In 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. What impact did it have on the Civil Rights Movement? 
  • What were Freedom Schools? Why were they created? 

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.5.2 — Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

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