Begin with discussion prompts or quick write prompts: Would you be willing go to jail to challenge an unjust law? Would you let your child go to jail in an effort to overturn an unjust law?
Teenager/Parent Negotiation role play. One student plays a 16 year old student who wants to participate in the mass meetings at the 16th Street Baptist Church. The second student plays the parent who wants the child to “stay out of trouble.”
Continue with Eyes on the Prize. Watch the scenes of students in Kelly Ingram Park and of the mass arrests of students. Have students focus on the lyrics of the singing students. Ask students, “Did the adults ask the students to go to jail or did the students decide for themselves?” You may need to rewind and have students listen a second time.
Using the images from Eyes on the Prize and/or photos from Kelly Ingram Park, ask students to create a Photo Gallery Poem.