Civil Rights Webquest
Class Activity- 1960's
What was the world like in 1963?
Let's take a step back in time... back 40+ years to the 1960's. It was the era of The Vietnam War... when the first man walked on the moon... psychedelic music...and the headlines are full of events that reflect the strife and struggle of The Civil Rights Movement.
Throughout most of the novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963, the passionate issues and events of the early 1960's remain in the background as Kenny Watson describes the world of childhood. As the three children become more conscious of the larger world, they begin to sense the forces of poverty and biogtry around them. Toward the end of the book, dangerous political events surround the family, as Birmingham, Alabama, was one of the key battleground in civil rights. The Watsons are directly confronted with a violent act of racism, and Kenny learns that even if there are evil powers in the world, there are also magic powers hidden in every act and gesture of love.
The events that take place during the lives of Kenny and his family have a big impact on their lives and those all around. Even though in the novel we may not see or hear about all of the events that were taking place around the United States in 1963, their importance to the Watson family and the rest of the country is immeasurable. Using the resources listed on the web links page you will see many of the important events of Kenny's time.
Important to the understanding of this book is a basic knowledge of the events that played a major part in our country's Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's and 1960's. Kenny's story takes place right in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement of that time period. Having knowledge of the movement and its goals will be important to help you better understand the racially motivated events that take place in the book and Kenny's feelings about them.
1. Scan through the topics listed on the Web Links 1960's webpage and see which ones spark your interest.
2. Then click on the web links, read the information presented, listen to the sound clips, and view the images.
3. When you finish looking at a web link, think of an artifact or image that could represent what you just learned about. Think of it as if you were going to have to display this artifact in a museum that would symbolize that part in history.
4. Fold your paper into six boxes. Carefully draw this artifact or image in one of your boxes. You are encouraged to use color and detail. All drawings must be appropriate & not graphic. Ask if you are unsure.
5. Label the box with the event. Jot down any other information as needed.
6. When you're finished, move on to the other web links that you find interesting and repeat.
7. Answer the questions in the Conclusion (below) as well. Write them on a piece of loose leaf paper and include a heading.
As you can see, there were many important events that took place during the same time as Kenny's story. Each of them would have had some sort of impact or effect on his life -- even if not directly. Think about the world today.
What are some things that students in the year 2065 might consider the big events of our time?
How do they affect your life right now?
How might they affect you in the future?
» The Murder of Emmett Till- 1955
» Little Rock Central High School- 1957
» Woolworth's Lunch Counter Sit-In
» John F Kennedy Civil Rights Speech
» Rosa Parks
» Little Rock Nine
» Little Rock Anniversary
» March on Washington 1963
» Birmingham 1963
» "I Have a Dream" Speech
» Montgomery Bus Boycott (includes video)
» Ruby Bridges
» Montgomery Bus Boycott video
» Rosa Parks video
» Ruby Bridges video
» Another Montgomery Bus Boycott video
» Great images of Civil Rights moments
» Murder of Medgar Evans
» Emmett Till video
» Woolworth's Sit In
» More on Lunch Counter Sit-In
» Jackie Robinson Foundation
» See Newspaper from Greensboro Sit-In
» Rosa Parks Info/Interview
» Jackie Robinson
» Brown vs. Board of Education- 1954
» Rosa Parks
» The Murder of Emmitt Till
» Little Rock Central High School
» Lunch Counter Sit-In
» The Freedom Rides
» Medgar Evers
» JFK Civil Rights Speech
» MLK- I Have a Dream Speech
» MLK Photos
» About MLK
» Birmingham Bombing
» Civil Rights Workers Murdered
» Civil Rights Movement
» Civil Rights Timeline
» Ku Klux Klan History