This Primary Source Set is designed to help students analyze Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and other primary sources that reveal the political and social climate of the South during the Civil Rights Movement.
Target Grades & Subject(s): Grades 7-12; Social Studies/History
- Students will articulate the primary concerns of the Alabama clergymen who rejected King's intervention in Birmingham's racial conflicts in 1963. (CCSS. RH.1, RH.2)
- Students will describe how King defended his nonviolent campaign to the Alabama clergymen and evaluate his arguments. (CCSS.RH.1, RH.8)
- Students will analyze primary and secondary sources related to segregation and Civil Rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama during 1960s. (CCSS.RH.7, RH.9)
Before Teaching this Set
- Prior to analyzing the sources in this set, students should have some familiarity with the Civil Rights Movement and key leaders (Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, etc.).
- Remind students of the difference between primary and secondary sources.
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