From Selma to Montgomery: An introduction to the 1965 marches

Lesson Duration

by Katie Gould, PBS NewsHour Teacher Resource Producer

Students read a one-page overview of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches and watch three video clips (about a minute each) from the film Selma.

Main Activity:
Students watch three videos (about 2.5 minutes each), analyze the content and answer critical thinking questions.

Students watch an interview with Selma director Ava DuVernay and watch a PBS NewsHour segment, “High Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act.” Each clip is about 10 minutes.

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