Children and Social Change in Alabama: 1965 and 2005

Academic Article


  • In this article, the authors describe a lesson that helps elementary students build a sense of citizenship and moral consciousness about justice. Children participated in the struggle for civil and voting rights in Selma and in other places in the South during the 1960s. Initially, it was children's literature that sparked these third grade students' curiosity and energized their inquiry. The photographs also prompted questions. Then using a video, the teacher invited students to vicariously live through this era of American history, sensing the unfairness and tension, feeling frustrated as well as hopeful, and longing to learn about the outcomes of the struggle. (Contains 7 notes.)
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  • Grade 3; Social Change; Childrens Literature; Social Studies; United States History; African American History; Justice; Civil Rights; Voting; Consciousness Raising; Citizenship; Moral Values, Alabama, Alabama
  • Author List

  • Christensen LM; Kirkland LD; Noblitt LD
  • Start Page

  • 22
  • End Page

  • 25
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 1