Young Heroes: Children of the Civil Rights Movement

Lesson 3


Unit 3

5th Grade

Lesson 3 of 35


Describe the racism and oppression black people in the South faced on a daily basis.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen S. Levine  pp. 9 – 16

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Describe the racism and oppression black people in the South faced on a daily basis.

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Key Questions

  • Roy states that growing up he “knew the rules.” What rules was he referring to? How did they influence his life? 

  • Judy Traver explains that white people spent a lot of time in church, but “they weren’t any nicer to their fellow man.” What does she mean by this? 

  • Myrna describes freedom as a fantasy. What evidence does Myrna include to support this point? 

  • Describe what happened to Pat and her friends when they went into a restaurant in Birmingham. How did they respond? What does their response show about them? 

  • What was Ricky Shuttlesworth’s one wish? Would he wish solve the problems black people were facing? Why or why not? 

  • What does it mean if something is mystifying? What did Larry find mystifying about his experiment with the water? Why? 

  • How did the people of the movement influence Larry? 

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.5.3 — Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
  • RI.5.6 — Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

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