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The resources on this page have been selected by eLibraryMN and Minnesota Digital Library librarians and curators to support the MN English Language Arts and the Social Studies standards, both current and pending, specifically related to Civil Rights activism that are relevant to younger students. Resources in eLibraryMN and EbooksMN have unlimited simultaneous user access and are freely available to anyone geolocated in Minnesota. The primary source resources detailed are available to all, regardless of location.
Please reach out with questions or suggestions about linking to, using, or sharing these resources.
Below is a collection of available topic overviews that link to many related articles and resources within ELM.
When using this resource, remember that you can adjust reading levels as students need by clicking the 'Reading Level' numbers. This is a great way to differentiate the reading level while retaining the same themes for all students.
Use PebbleGo to provide a student friendly experience for reading the biographies of famous civil rights leaders (for your youngest learners).
Resources in Ebsco about Civil Rights Issues can be found under the Social Studies/Sciences Topic Headings. Click into the 'Civil Rights' topic heading to find resources specific to this idea.
Make sure to check out all types of resources available in Gale- biographies, magazines, video, audio primary sources, and more. Scroll to the bottom to view related topics.
This is a curated group of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, Grade Interest Level K-8. All titles are available to students geolocated in MN without login. Linking directly to chapters is also possible. To link directly to the titles and share in your LMS or libguides, copy the link to the title(s) you want from our persistent link spreadsheet (if you are not accessing through the MackinVia app). Reach out to us with questions about linking.
Nonviolent resistance in the civil rights movement
Highlights major nonviolent protests such as sit-ins and marches waged against racial inequality during the 1950s and 1960s. Includes a glossary, resources for further information, and photographs.
Medgar Evers and the NAACP
Presents a graphic novel describing the life, accomplishments, and murder of Medgar Evers, a NAACP fighter for African-American civil rights.
Martin Luther King Jr. : marching for equality
Depicts the life of King, describes his childhood and the events that set his ministry on the course of attaining civil rights, illustrates his dedication to overcoming prejudice, and discusses his eventual assassination. Includes photos, a timeline, a glossary, and an index.
Civil rights sit-ins
Examines the powerful history of civil rights sit-in protests beginning with the Greensboro Four and their peaceful protest against racial inequality that sparked a movement. Includes text-related questions, a glossary, resources for further information, and archival photographs.
Voices of the civil rights movement : a primary source exploration of the struggle for racial equality
This book presents an overview of the African American civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century, and a variety of related quotations, primary source documents, and black-and-white photographs. Includes a glossary, a list of critical thinking using the Common Core questions, and a bibliography.
Collection: Rondo Center
Materials commemorating the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, destroyed by the construction of Interstate Highway 94 in the 1960s. Many community members were involved in civil rights efforts during the mid-20th century.
For in depth research into these topics, sometimes you need to request materials from other libraries. These can be digital or they can sometimes be printed books. There are two main options for requesting these materials. One, MNLINK, allows you to search all Minnesota libraries for the requires the use of a public library card and PIN. While many educators use their own library card to help students, it is recommended that students use their own. However, this is not always possible, so there is a second option: Minitex Resource sharing for schools. This allows one staff member per school to request items on behalf of students and have the items sent directly to the school building. If you have questions about which option is better for you and your students, reach out to us and we can help.