Semantic Map Activity



Boyer, P. (2003) American nation in a modern era. Dumfries, NC: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.


Students will be able to identify how specific people and events in history impacted the country with their actions during the civil rights movement. They will be able to identify MLK, Rosa Parks, Caesar Chavez, student sit-ins, bus boycott, and etc.



State Standards

9(b) Describe the roles of political organizations that promoted civil rights, including ones from African American, Chicano, American Indian, women’s and other civil movements rights.

9(c) Identify the roles of significant leaders who supported various rights movements, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, Hector P. Garcia, and Betty Friedan.

9(d) – compare and contrast the approach taken by some civil rights groups such as the Black Panthers with the non-violent approach of Martin Luther King, Jr.

9(e) – discuss the impact of the writing of Martin Luther Kings, Jr.’s, such as his “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on the civil rights movement

TEKS Objectives in Textbook


7(c) – (History) Evaluate government efforts including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to achieve equality in the United States

21(a) – (Culture) Explain actions taken by people from racial, ethnic, and religious groups to expand economic opportunities and political rights in American society

Social Studies Skills

24(a) – locate and use primary and secondary sources such as computer software, data-bases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about the United States

25(d) – create written, oral, and visual presentations of social studies information


Task Description

Students will create a semantic map of important concepts from the text regarding protests/events that took place during the civil rights movement. They will use this map as a guide for future assignments.

The semantic map will be created using the website . I have included in this post a tutorial on how to use the website for students to view before completing the task.


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