The Civil Rights Movement WebQuest

Students will research and investigate the historic events of the Civil Rights Movement.


Have you ever wondered what life was like in the 1950's and 1960's?

During this time period many things were going on.  Schools, buses, restaurants, and many other things were being integrated.  This time period was a turning point in some peoples' lives, and it is still historic to us today.  

In this WebQuest, you will be able to research  the important events and people of this era.  You will use this information to create a timeline of the historic happenings of the Civil Rights Movement.



Final Product

A timeline shows the events of things that happened in sequential order.   Knowing the timeline of when specific historical events occured is crucial to understanding the Civil Rights Movement.

For the WebQuest, you will be working in groups. Each member of the group will be researching a different person or event from the Civil Rights Movement. Your group will create a timeline using Google Draw.  You and your group can use this WebQuest and other additional links that will be provided to help you find pictures, summaries, captions, videos and other things that you will use for your timeline. Your timeline will need to include at least 15 different events and at least 5 pictures.

Day 1 & 2-

In order to share responsibility in this project,  each member of the group will chose a role. Each member will research his/her person or event and be able to explain why this event/person was important to the Civil Rights Movement. You will tell what that person did or what was so important in the event that made it historic.  Remember to get all the necessary information that's needed to help you label your person or event on the timeline.


Role #1 Rosa Parks/Montgomery Bus Boycott 

Find out what really happened with Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott.  

Watch this video first:

Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott 

The Montgomery Bus Boycott (This site is filled with videos, timelines, and interviews, but you have to scroll down halfway to see each page. Take time and explore as much as you can.)

Role #2  Brown vs. Board of Education 

Go inside the courtroom to get first hand information on the historic decision that changed America from the Brown vs. Board of Education case.

Watch this video first:

Video about Brown vs Board

More About Brown vs Board

History of Brown vs Board of Education

Role #3 Integrating Schools- Little Rock Nine and Ruby Bridges

Find out what happened when African American students tried to attend "White" schools even after the laws were changed.

Watch this video first:

Little Rock Nine


Role #4 Non-violently protesting by students

Discover how students really can make a difference without using violence. This is what I call real courage!

Watch this video first:

Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-Ins

More about Greensboro Sit-ins

Student Non-violence Coordinating Committe (This site has many tabs. Browse through them all but concentrate on the EVENTS tab)

Freedom Riders

One riders story

Freedom Summer- Getting the right to vote

Role #5 Martin L. King Jr. and the March on Washington 

Get information about how many people were there, where they started and finished marching, who the key speakers were, and what kind or march it was-peaceful or violent.

Watch this video first:

Video on the March on Washington

March on Washington

More on the March

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why was "I Have a Dream" so important?


Day 3 & 4-

Once every member of the group has researched his/her event, you will now create a timeline using Google Draw. Follow the steps below to get started.

1. Go to one member's Google Drive, hit the red "Create" button, then choose "Drawing."

2. Title the new drawing as follows: class period, Civil Rights Movement Timeline. You will also need to add the names of everyone in the group, but do this on the actual timeline in the bottom left-hand corner. Highlight each person's name in the color he/she will be using to type text for the timeline. 

3. "Share" the drawing with all the other members in the group by clicking the blue "Share" button then adding their email addresses. Once shared, everyone will be able to add to the timeline at the same time.

4. Before splitting up, decide on a design for the timeline. Also, give each person some time to share what he/she learned through research then decide how many events each member is going to add to the timeline.

5. For the next step, each member will be using his/her own computer. Begin adding events and pictures to the timeline. You will need to explain the event and/or person associated with the event and what impact the event/person had on the Civil Rights Movement. Each member of the group needs to have a specific color for his/her typing, so that I can see who entered which events. ***Each member should contribute at least 2-4 events and 1 picture.




This is how your work will be evaluated.

Historical Accuracy Less than 5 accurate facts are displayed on the timeline. 5-9 accurate facts are displayed on the timeline. 10-14 accurate facts are displayed on the timeline. At least 15 accurate facts are displayed on the timeline.  
Working together in group Did not use class time to focus on the project OR often distracted others. Used some of the time well during each class period. There was some focus on getting the project done but occasionally distracted others. Used time well during each class period. Usually focused on getting the project done and never distracted others. Used time well during each class period. Focused on getting the project done. Never distracted others. .  
Visual Appearance Timeline is not in chronological order. Cannot be followed. Some things are in chronological order. Most things are in chronological order.  There may be 1 thing out of place. All dates and events are in chronological order and the timeline is easy to follow.  
Presentation Student was not prepared to present. Student was sort of prepared.  Rehearsed a little. Student was mainly prepared but may have had one event out of order. Student was very well prepared.  The student had rehearsed and knew the material.  
Required Elements Several required elements were missing. All but 1 of the required elements are included on the timeline. All required elements are included on the timeline. The timeline includes all required elements as well as additional information.  
Original WebQuest by Laura Vanderslice, Dixie Middle School
Modified by 6th RELA Teachers @ Kingwood Middle School