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Civil Rights: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 25 November 2016 > Ready to Use


Sixty years ago, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which had started on 5 December, 1955, after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat, finally ended. It was the first victory for Martin Luther King on the road to civil rights for African Americans.

This B1-level article recapitulates the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S.A. It is an opportunity for pupils to understand or review the complexity of the relationships amongst Americans.

It is also an excellent topic for an EPI « Information, communication, citoyenneté » on equality and forms of discrimination, in connection with the 3ème History curriculum « Le monde depuis 1945 » and the EMC Cycle 4 curriculum « Le jugement : penser par soi-même et avec les autres »

Vocabulary and structures

  • Cultural and historical aspect with specific vocabulary around segregation, Civil Rights and protests
  • Dates and numbers
  • Modals
  • Past tense
  • The passive
  • Phrasal verbs