Young Heroes: Children of the Civil Rights Movement

Lesson 31


Unit 3

5th Grade

Lesson 31 of 35


Analyze multiple accounts of the same event by noting important similarities and differences among the points of view they represent. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days by Frank Sikora 

  • Book: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery 

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

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Witnesses to Freedom; Selma, Lord, Selma; and Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom all describe the events of Bloody Sunday and the march from Selma to Montgomery. What similarities and differences exist in the points of view they represent? Why? 

How does the point of view of each affect what a reader knows about Bloody Sunday and the march? What perspectives are missing from the three accounts? 

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Common Core Standards

  • L.5.2.d — Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works.
  • RI.5.6 — Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
  • W.5.2.a — Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • W.5.2.b — Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
  • W.5.2.e — Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented

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