1) Before you begin, you will need a clear idea of a diary or journal entry and what is expected of you-- you will need 4 to 6 of them. Here are a few examples of journal entries

2) Next you will need to familiarize yourself with the Civil Rights Era. Everyone needs to read these:

The Civil Rights Era (1865-1970)

The Modern Civil Rights Era:    Part 1        Part 2


3) Now that you are familiar with the era it is time to choose a Civil Rights figure "to become". You are going to get inside this person's head as best you can by finding out as many details as possible about their life and the times they lived in. Below is a list of some choices. Remember the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement was non-violent resistance. (There are bonus points for those of you who understand and talk about this principle in your journal and presentation)

1. Ralph Abernathy

2. Ella Baker

3. Daisy Bates

4. Julian Bond

5. Medgar Evers

6. Fannie Lou Hamer

7. Jesse Jackson

8. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9. John Lewis

10. Edgar Nixon

11. Rosa Parks

12. A. Phillip Randolph

13. Amelia Robinson

14. Corretta Scott-King

15. Emmitt Till

16. Roy Wilkins

17. Thurgood Marshall 

18. Maya Angelou 

Here is a list of some webpages where you can get general biographies on  the above people:


Biographies of selected activists and reformers

People Spot Biographies of Civil Right's Activists

Biographies of Famous African Americans

Here are links to some photos of the Civil Rights' Era:

Pictures of the Civil Rights Era 

March on Washington 1963 

Civil Rights Era Mugshots 

Never Before Published Photos

Voices of Civil Rights

These are links to basic Civil Rights' Timelines:

African American Timeline 

Interactive Civil Rights Movement Timeline 

Martin Luther King Jr. Timeline 


You are now ready to get started learning about your famous Civil Rights Activist. The next page will give you some more details on how to collect your information and record it. Please let your teacher know if you find any really cool websites that you think might be helpful to other students 


This is a list of extra websites to help you build your scrapbook as well as to fill in some detail for your journal:

Civil Rights Documentation Project

Civil Rights in Mississippi



This is the final step on your way to the finished product and your presentation. One way to collect and examine information is to open a word document and copy and paste the URLs from the pages you're interested in as well as some of the text that will help you remember your information (i.e. notes). 

Another way to collect your information is to use four column notes. Here is a template that you may print and use:  four column notes 

Use these to organize your information in a way that will help you decide which dates in your person's life will make the most interesting journal entries. Here is an example of how to use this tool: sample four column notes

There is also this sheet that you may use to help you organze your thoughts for the journal entry itself. It is called a reflection journal.

Use this sample reflection journal as a model to help you organize your ideas for your journal entries.  

UPI space

Now you are ready to put together your scrapbook and type your journal entries.  You can present your scrapbook in the form of a book, as a poster (which would be great because we could hang them on the walls!), or as a PowerPoint presentation. Also you can act out one or more of your jurnal entries in your class presentation. There are always points for creativity. Just keep in mind that you will not be graded so much on the form of your scrapbook and presentation as on the content of your scrapbook and presentation.