Overview: Prior to using this lesson in the classroom, read the Historiography and review the available primary source materials for this lesson by clicking on the button on the left side navigation labeled "primary sources."
The NVLP lessons are designed for both teachers who have access to the Internet and a computer with Windows Media Player (free download) and those who do not. If you do not have Internet access, you can print the materials and read the video clip transcripts.
For this lesson, your primary sources include two video interviews from the National Visionary Leadership Project about nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights Movement; Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail;" twenty-one images and four worksheets geared toward analyzing nonviolence as a method of social change.
Print out a selection of photographs; all of the worksheets, including the video transcripts Worksheet 3-5; and Dr. King's letter. Organize the material into "primary source packets" for your students. The students will be working in groups, so print enough copies so that you have one "packet" for each group. If you like, you can print different images and different transcripts so that each group does not have the same exact primary source packet.