Abstract 10-Volume 7, Number 2, Summer 2012

Notable Trade Book



Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down eloquently describes a particular event in the Civil Rights movement, the Greensboro sit-ins. Beginning with this event, the book captures the spirit of the civil rights movement beyond North Carolina, referencing key events while including several seminal words delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which highlighted the importance of sit-ins to the larger Civil Rights Movement. This lesson and follow-up activities are designed for a week-long investigation into the impact of sit-ins on the Civil Rights Movement. While the lesson targets third grade, it is appropriate for all upper level elementary students. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down is used as starting point into the investigation of personal commitment, peaceful demonstration, and the broader conceptions of equity and justice. The lesson is focused on social studies but incorporates strong literacy elements.

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