Civil Rights Movement for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 178 pages plus 46 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the Civil Rights Movement covers the years from 1954-1968 and contains almost 180 pages AND 46 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism, who are in middle and high school.


This unit addresses the main events and people of this time period as well as a look into earlier history for the context in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the important events from this time and how they relate to what is happening today. This repetition helps students make connections to this important historical time period.


In addition, many activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


✩✩✩ This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 46 google slides that have a differentiated set of slides. There is a movie version of the book included as well. THESE WOULD MAKE A GREAT INDEPENDENT LEARNING CENTER FOR YOUR CLASSROOM.


Civil Rights Movement Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 12 days of lesson plans
  • Civil Rights activities in color
  • Civil Rights activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Civil Rights book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Civil Rights Movement Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 20 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Large timeline cards
  • Cut and paste timeline activity (includes digital version)
  • Important people and events review booklet (includes digital version)
  • Writing Prompt (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary Word Search
  • Symbol Sudoku Puzzles (2 levels) (includes digital version)
  • 4 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, asking students good questions will push them to think more deeply than before.