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American Experience: Citizen King

Citizen King website provides topics in American history including the Southern black church, leadership, race relations, definitions of freedom and citizenship, civil rights, regional political differences, federal government intervention in the states, and more.

Learn how this website supports the film about Martin Luther King Jr., special features such as an historic video, online poll, information on non-violence and social change, a timeline of the chronology of MLK's life and civil rights events, maps of civil rights hot spots, and a teacher guide with suggestions for active learning.

Published by PBS in 2005

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Curriculum Areas:History/Social Science
Themes/Keywords: Civil Rights
Martin Luther King Jr.

Essential Question(s)
1. What relationship, if any, do you think exists between poverty and violence?

Discussion Question(s)
1. If you had been in the crowd during his "I have a Dream" speech, how do you think the speech would have affected you?

Extension and Activities
1. Have students work in collaborative groups of 4 to prepare different timelines about civil rights. Choose from 3 different time periods: up to 1955, from 1955-1968, and from 1968 to present. After each group develops their timeline and posts them around the room, have each student create a paragraph describing what they found most striking about the timelines.

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