7th Grade Reading Students Participate in Civil Rights Movement Videoconference
Live Program Serves as Introduction to Novel Unit
Recently, in Ms. Russ’s 7th grade Reading class, the students had a videoconference with Nicole Kempskie from the Paley Center for Media in New York City.
In this videoconference, the seventh graders learned about the Civil Rights Movement through watching actual news clips and talking with Mrs. Kempskie. Ms. Russ thought this program would be an interesting way to introduce Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe, a book the class would be studying soon.
Most students liked the videoconference:
“I was amazed that we could communicate with someone in New York!” said Makayla Foster.
The students learned about the Little Rock Nine, Jackie Robinson, and saw video clips from a Birmingham Town Hall Meeting and a sit-in.
Many of the students enjoyed watching the videos and just talking with Mrs. Kempskie.
Alexis Libal said, “I liked learning about the Civil Rights Movement. It helps us understand the past better.”
If the students were given the chance to videoconference again, they would take it.
“It was a good experience. I really enjoyed it,” commented Jacey Sutton.
“It was interesting,” agreed Zain Smith.