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Mini research project on the Civil Rights Movement using the novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis.
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Civil Rights Movement Project

Mini-Research Project:

Civil Rights Movement

In order to prepare for reading our next novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, you will choose a research topic about the Civil Rights Movement. Your job is to research your topic using reliable sources to compile the information into a Board Builder presentation that will include five facts, photographs that represent each fact, and a photo analysis of one of the photographs. You will present this project.

 Project Topics: You will research one of the following topics:

  • Education
  • Political figures
  • Historical Events
  • Culture

 Step 1: Research/Photographs

  • Using at least two sources you will gather five facts about your topic (Standard RI 6.1, 7.1; W 1.1b,c; I 2.1, 3.3)
  • You will use note cards for each source. Each note card will have the topic with the research on one side and correct MLA citation on the other for each source. (Standard W 1.1g; I 1.1 2.1, )
  • Once you have completed your research, then search for five photographs that will represent each fact. You will save these photographs to your Google Drive. (Standard RI 7.1)

 Step 2: Photograph Analysis

  • Once the research is complete, you will choose which photograph from your five seems the most important or the most interesting to complete a photograph analysis.(Standard RI 7.1)
  • You will make a claim about why the photograph is the most important from your research and through the analysis, provide evidence to support your claim. (Standard W1.1a,c)
  • More details about the analysis will be given in class.

 Step 3: Board Builder Presentation

  • You will create a Board Builder presentation that has sections. (Sections include title, five sections of pictures/research, photo analysis, and works cited page) (Standard C 3.2)
  • Title page should have the topic, your name, and class period on it.
  • Each section of research should have the fact, the picture connected to the fact, and in-text citation (Standard C 2.1 2.2, 2.3, 3.2).
  • The photo analysis slide should have the picture with the claim and evidence. (So one picture will be used twice!). (C 2.1, 3.2)
  • Your works cited slide should follow MLA format for a works cited page. (Standard W 1.1g; C 2.3)
  • When you present your project, you should speak clearly using adequate volume, eye contact, and posture. (Standard C 5.2)

You will receive a daily grade while we are working in the library or in the classroom. We will spend several days researching. There will be ample time to complete the entire project during school hours.

This project is a major assessment and will count as one major grade.

Due Date: _Friday, Dec. 2nd

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