April 12, 2012
Topic: The Civil Rights Movement
Introduction The civil rights movement that spanned the years following the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 through the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 marked a critical time in history that accomplished far more than the elimination of racial barriers; it led to the overwhelming transformation of American social, cultural, and political life. Changes to the citizenship rights of blacks along with a redefinition of the role of the government and courts in protecting these rights, continue to support the human rights of all Americans, regardless of their skin color. The civil rights movement is a significant time in American history that needs to be taught in the elementary classroom. This annotated bibliography is designed to provide the elementary classroom teacher with resources, such as books, videos and websites to help teach about the civil rights movement. The resources in this bibliography range from secondary sources, such as children’s books and teacher resource books to primary sources that include websites and videos. It will give students a variety of information on the background of the civil rights movement, as well as influential people and major events that took place during the Civil Rights Movement.
Annotated Bibliography on the Civil Rights Movement Children’s Books (Secondary Sources) Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Holiday House, 1990.
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr is a picture book for kindergarten through second grade students. It is an easy to read biography about Martin Luther King, Jr. with beautifully illustrated pictures. It tell of Kings life as a young boy, his journey through the civil rights movement, family life and his death in 1968. Adler does a nice job helping young children examine Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life.
Through My Eyes is a picture book for children ages nine and up. It is an autobiography Bridges wrote about becoming the first black student ever at the all-white William Frantz Public School in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 14, 1960. This memior is full of photographs of Ruby’s experience.