Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Monthly Update sign up
Mailing List signup
Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4 Workshop 5 Workshop 6 Workshop 7 Workshop 8
Workshop 5: Historical and Cultural Context
Authors and Literary Works
Video Summary
Teaching Strategies
Student Work
General Resources
Authors and Literary Works
Teaching Strategies
Additional Resources
Interactive Workbook -- Explore two poems using strategies from these workshops. Go.
Channel-Talk -- Share your views on the discussion board. Go.

Additional Resources


Beals, Melba Patillo. Warriors Don't Cry: Searing Memoir of Battle to Integrate Little Rock. New York: Washington Square Press, 1995.
In this autobiographical account for adult and young adult readers, a member of the Little Rock Nine recounts her experiences as one of the first students to integrate Little Rock Central High.

Burns, Stewart, ed. Daybreak of Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1992.
This is a collection of speeches, interviews, articles, and letters written by participants in the civil rights movement as well as members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hostile groups.

Carson, Clayborne, David J. Garrow, Gerald Gill, Vincent Harding, and Darlene Clark Hine, eds. The Eyes on the Prize: Civil Rights Reader. New York: Penguin, 1997.
This reader includes decisions, speeches, interviews, and other primary sources of information about the civil rights movement.

Cobbs, Elizabeth H., and Petric J. Smith. Long Time Coming: An Insider's Story of the Birmingham Church Bombing That Rocked the World. Birmingham: Crane Hill Publishers, 1994.
This is an autobiographical account of a woman who, despite considerable danger to her life, testified against her uncle in the 1977 trial at which he was charged with the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 Birmingham.

Haskins, James. The Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Shot: A Photo History of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Scholastic, 1992.
This children's book provides photographs of major leaders and events of the civil rights movement.

Kasher, Steven. The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68. New York: Abbeville Press, 1996.
This collection contains around 150 photographs that capture key moments from the civil rights movement.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper & Row, 1958.
The leader and spokesperson for the movement tells the history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Morris, Aldon D. The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change. New York: The Free Press, 1986.
This book focuses on individuals and small groups that organized and spurred the movement on.

Sikora, Frank. Until Justice Rolls Down: The Birmingham Church Bombing Case. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1991.
This book recounts the historical circumstances surrounding the church bombing, and explores the cultural and psychological framework of the KKK members that perpetrated this hateful crime.

Parks, Rosa. Rosa Parks: My Story. New York: Dial, 1992.
Parks recounts in her autobiography the events leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, its development, and its results.

Randall, Dudley. "Ballad of Birmingham." In Poem Counterpoem, by Dudley Randall and Margaret Danner. Detroit: Broadside Press, 1966.
Christopher Paul Curtis cites this poem as his inspiration for changing the setting of The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963 from Florida to Birmingham. The work recounts the story of the bombing of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963.

Robinson, Jo Ann Gibson. The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memory of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1987.
This analysis of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is written by the head of the Women's Political Council, the black women's group that sponsored the original one-day boycott.

Web Sites

African American World
This site offers a great variety of information and resources about African American history, art, and culture.

Africanaonline includes articles about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock, Selma, the March on Washington, and other topics related to the civil rights movement.

Brown v. Board of Education Web site
The Brown Foundation Web site contains background information about the historic case that ruled "separate but equal" education unconstitutional.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
This site posts a collection of Dr. King's published writings, sermons, and speeches, as well as historical and biographical information about him.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)
This research center's Web site offers online resources, as well as resources from the Schomburg Center about African American history.

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
This site has a collection of articles and access to online resources about the 16th Street Church bombing and related events and issues.


Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise. PBS, 2004.
Accompanying this film on the Brown v. Board of Education decision is a rich Web site with written, visual, and interactive resources about the case and the issues related to it.

Citizen King. PBS/American Experience, 2004.
The site offers information about the film Citizen King, as well as a great deal of background information about Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement.

Eyes on the Prize. PBS Video Database Resource Page.
This Web site has teacher's guides to accompany the episodes of the Eyes on the Prize series.

Freedom: A History of US. PBS, 2002. (See Episode/Webisode 14, "Let Freedom Ring")
This site contains a "webisode" that gives an extensive history of the civil rights movement and its leaders. It also offers learning tools and additional resources that can be used in the classroom.

4 Little Girls. HBO, 1999.
Spike Lee's documentary explores the lives of the four young girls who were killed in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing and examines segregation and bigotry of the time.

back to top
Workshop Home Support Materials About this Workshop Sitemap
Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades Workshop Home

© Annenberg Foundation 2017. All rights reserved. Legal Policy