Teaching Materials

Malcolm X

Book - Non-fiction. By Gail Fay. 2012. A comprehensive introduction to the life of Malcolm X (Malik El-Shabazz) appropriate for third grade (age 9) and above.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity
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Mama’s Window

Book - Fiction. By Lynn Rubright. 2008. Historical fiction inspired by incidents in the early life of sharecropper Owen Whitfield, the organizer of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Labor
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Many Minds, One Heart

Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America

Book - Non-fiction. By Wesley C. Hogan. 2009. An innovative study of what the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) accomplished and, more importantly, how it fostered significant social change in such a short time.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Book – Fiction. By Alice Faye Duncan. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2018. 40 pages. A historical fiction picture book that presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Labor
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Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School

Book – Non-fiction. By Janet Halfmann. Illustrated by London Ladd. 2018. 40 pages. Tells the story of Lilly Ann Granderson, an enslaved woman who taught hundreds of people in Kentucky and Mississippi to read.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Education, Slavery
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Missing from Haymarket Square

Book - Fiction. By Harriette Gillem Robinet. 2003. Historical fiction chapter book on the Haymarket labor struggles and massacre.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor
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Mississippi Trial, 1955

Book - Fiction. By Chris Crowe. 2003. Historical fiction about the murder of Emmett Till for high school students.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity
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Modern Times

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. This lesson uses Charlie Chaplin’s hilarious classic film, Modern Times, to help students think about the impact of “scientific management” on the workplace.
Themes: Economics, Labor, Social Class
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My Mother the Cheerleader

Book - Fiction. By Robert Sharenow. 2009. Louise's mother spends her mornings at the local elementary school with a group of women known as the Cheerleaders, who harass the school's first Black student, six-year-old Ruby Bridges.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Education, Racism & Racial Identity
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Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book

Book - Non-fiction. By Umlando Wezithombe. 2009. A graphic novel about the life and times of Nelson Mandela produced for school children in South Africa and now available for readers in the U.S.
Themes: World History/Global Studies
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Ninth Ward

Book - Fiction. by Jewell Parker Rhodes. 2010. Historical fiction for grades 6-12 about the devastation when the levees broke in New Orleans and how people drew on their wits, community, and history to survive.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
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One Country! One Language! One Flag!

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 3 pages. Discussion questions and teaching ideas for examining the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the political milieu in which it was written.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Immigration
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One Crazy Summer

Book - Fiction. By Rita Williams-Garcia. 2010. 224 pages. Chapter book for middle school introduces readers to the Black Panthers in 1960s Oakland.
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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Organic Goodie Simulation

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 7 pages. Lesson engages students in a lively simulation that helps them experience some of the pressures that lead workers to organize.
Themes: Economics, Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII

Teaching Activity. By Moé Yonamine. 18 pages. Poetry, photography, and text are used in this role play to teach about the seldom told history of Japanese Latin American internment during WWII.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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