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Grade 5 - 1 - The Mule Train

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.5.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/5/3
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.5.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/5/7

Grade 5 - 1 - The Mule Train

This lesson will focus on the use of a mule train as one of the methods of transportation for a caravan of people from Marks, Mississippi to Washington, D.C. for the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.  Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned this method to draw media attention to the plight of the poor as they made their way to Washington, D.C.  The lesson incorporates a "See, Think, Wonder" technique used in conjunction with a six minute video interview with photographer Roland Freeman who accompanied the mule train in 1968. 

DC Content Power Standards:  

5.14.1: Describe the proliferation of the Civil Rights movement of African Americans from the churches of the rural South to the urban North.

DC Content Supporting Standards: 

5.13: Students explain important domestic trends of the 1950s and 1960s.

C3 Framework Indicators and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies: 

D2.His.2: Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.