Social Studies

Black History Month: 1960s Civil Rights Escape Room

This experience focuses on the protests of Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Learners will go on an historical investigation of key moments, leaders and locations in order to chart the decade using clues they find in each room.
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75 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Jun 27

Meet once (1 day)
2:30pm - 3:45pm

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Class Experience

team building, research, historical inquiry and debate, problem solving, deduction, and reading comprehension  
I have a B.A. in History and an M.A. in World History, as well as an M.A. in Globalization Studies. I have always had a passion for research  in student movements and World History, and feel that this course will provide a fun introduction into that world using a CSI themed approach to history! I worked as a teaching assistant for two years during my M.A. in early American history and Peace Studies, including the original 13 colonies, the role of women in the colonies, and early American slavery, including the Underground Railroad into Canada. My research thesis involved the role of freed black women in the 1980-1850s, and the ways in which their writings influenced political and social changes. The course will use some primary sources to engage students! However, no previous reading is required for this experience! 
Browse through the following before class for context.

The Meaning of Sit-Ins:
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The game does not have any graphic or scary elements. 

COPPA Policy for Thinglink:

Safety and privacy are our top priorities. Learners under 13 will need to have Parental Consent when accessing those links on Thinglink to comply with COPPA.

Students will be provided with a direct code to access the game link, and will bypass any registration or sign-ins for Thinglink as I have a Professional Teacher License through the service to use the platform as a teaching tool. Therefore, learners will not need to provide any information or sign up for the platform themselves. In fact, students will be provided with a link that restricts them from having to share any personal information or sign in, as the game will appear on their screen without an interface. However, parental consent will be required to comply with COPPA. As per the terms of usage, all students accessing the Service are subject to consent provided via their educator or educational institution, as allowed under COPPA, and will require the use of a unique invitation code supplied by their instructor or education institution in order to create an account or access the platform. Any use or access to the Service by anyone under 13 without Consent, is strictly prohibited and in violation of this Agreement. 
Primary Sources Used in Class:
The Meaning of the Sit-Ins, Roy Wilkins, NAACP. 12-page pamphlet.

Mass meeting flyer (re sit-ins), SNCC. Atlanta, GA, October, 1960.

Sit-Ins: The Students Report CORE pamphlet. 1960.

“Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” Digital Public Library of America,

King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Speaker). (1963, August 28). I Have A Dream. [Electronic version]. Retrieved
January 28, 2007, from

Library of Congress: Brown v. Board at Fifty: "With an Even Hand" This link opens in a new window
This exhibit displays a number of primary source documents, including images, letters, legal statements, and more, highlighting the history of desegregation efforts in schools.

Examples of data sets also include: excerpts from the Brown v.
Board of Education (1954) ruling and Rosa Parks’ police report.

PBS. (2004). Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise. Long Road to Brown. Retrieved on January 28,
2007, from

Ball, William J. (n.d.). School segregation protest. Images of American Political History. Retrieved
January 28, 2007, from 

Oral History/Interviews:

Southern Foodways Alliance’s documentary series: How a Lunch Counter Sit-In Became an Iconic Civil Rights Moment — SFA
 Counter Histories reveals how sit-ins at restaurants and lunch counters were an influential tool in dismantling segregation in public spaces. In Counter Histories: Jackson, filmmakers speak to Civil Rights veterans Colia Clark, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, and Reverend Ed King, among others, about a now-infamous May 1963 sit-in at Woolworth’s in Jackson, Mississippi.

Reflections on the Greensboro Lunch Counter Documentary from the National Museum of American History

Civil Rights activists Joseph McNeil, Diane Nash, and John Lewis reflect on the history and legacy of the lunch counter from the F. W. Woolworth department store in North Carolina and the sit-in campaign that began on February 1, 1960.

Sit-In Documents

CORE reprint: New York Times sit-in stories, Claude Sitton, Bernard Stengren, NY Times. February, 1960.

Civil Rights Newsletter Unsigned, April 13, 1960.

A Follow Up Report on the Student Protest Movement After Two Months, SRC, April 1960.

Expanded Racial Defense Policy, NAACP. Call for consumer boycotts in response to sit-ins.

Heed Their Rising Voices, The New York Times advertisment which led to the New York Times v Sullivan case that re-defined the 1st Amendment. See Montgomery Sit-ins Suppressed and Alabama Attacks Black Leaders for background.

Rock Hill SC Sit-in Press Release, February 6, 1961. Ed King, SNCC. See Rock Hill SC, "Jail-No-Bail" Sit-ins for background info.

Support letter to all "sit- in" students in jail in York County Jail, SC., National Union of Ghana Students. March 8, 1961.

Voice of the Movement, Student Central Committee, Nashville Christian Leadership Conference. July 16, 1961


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