Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The History of Civil Rights

The holiday we celebrate on January 16th, the birthday of Martin Luther King, is an opportunity for educators to discuss the importance of King and his leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. However, in order to understand the MLK story and the Civil Rights Movement, it's important to point out the struggles by African Americans for their freedom that took place throughout American history. Fortunately, the outstanding programming provided by Voice of America Special English as well as the Edcon Publishing Group allows teachers to draw on the history, biography, and also the music and poetry that provide a background and context for the Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights story. As a teacher of English as a Second Language, I will use these articles in the first weeks of Spring Semester in the second half of my classes in ESL 7/8 and ESL 5/6. I think also, judging from the use patterns of the Mission Language Lab website, these stories can be useful for teachers of grade school and middle school level students. They're interesting, fun, and the comprehension checks which I have supplied at the end of each selection provide a challenge for students they enjoy and which also help them to develop reading and listening skills. I will be listing these articles each day under the "What's New" section of the blog at the right top side of the Mission Language Lab main page. But, for your convenience, I will post here the links in case you want to use your own order or to select the articles that are most useful for your presentation and curriculum.

Isabel/Sojourner Truth
Frederick Douglas
Harriet Tubman
The Emancipation Proclamation
W.E.B. Dubois
Matt Henson and The North Pole
The Movement of African Americans to Northern Cities: 1920s
Ella Fitzgerald and the Harlem Renaissance
Duke Ellington Part One
Duke Ellington Part Two
Langston Hughes Part One
Langston Hughes Part Two
Louis Armstrong

Jesse Owens Outruns The Third Reich
Rosa Parks
Martin Luther King Part One
Martin Luther King Part Two

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