Here is what is included:
1. Long Version of the Letter from Birmingham
2. Alabama Clergyman’s letter & short version of the Letter from Birmingham
3. Impact of the Letter on the Civil Rights movement
4. Discussion questions as a follow up to the activity
5. Teacher Lesson Plans
“This was a great worksheet that led to an interesting and productive discussion after close reading.”
After teaching the Civil Rights movement I like to stop in 1963 and do a 1 day lesson dealing with Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. It is such an important document as he lays everything out there that is wrong with society and the Civil Rights movement.
Here is a more detailed look at the contents:
1. Letter from Birmingham Jail Long Version: This is the long version of the Letter from Birmingham Jail.
2. Alabama Clergymen’s Letter: This is the letter that was written to Dr. King from the local Clergymen. It is what inspired King to write his Letter from Birmingham Jail. I believe it gives the students a more complete picture of what is going on.
3. Close Reading Sheet for Alabama Clergymen’s Letter: After reading the letter from the Clergymen I have a short close reading activity for the students to complete. It numbers the paragraphs and has them refer to what they just read.
4. Short Version of the Letter from Birmingham Jail: This is a one page summary of the actual letter. I believe it is more powerful as the original letter is 4 pages long.
5. Four Letter from Birmingham activities: Following the reading of the Letter there are 4 short activities for the students to complete. I have outlined my timeline below so that pacing is not an issue.
6. Impact of the Jailing of Dr. King: This short 1 page document discusses the impact Dr. King’s jailing made on the rest of the Civil Rights movement.
7. Lesson Plans: This is a short document that give the teacher a brief look at how I use the documents in the classroom.