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American History Month - Students will be enthusiastic and more engaged
in reading and connecting with characters when reading.
Proverb Illustration - Students will understand how proverbs are used
by different cultures to simplify a philisophical belief or explain a
basic life truth.
Nothing But Trouble - The goal of this lesson will be to have student
forshadow, learn vocabulary, and comprehend the meaning of this story.
- Comparing Life in the North and the South
- The student will be able to compare the lives of Black Americans in
the north and the south in the first 50 years after slavery was abolished.
- Exploring Black Musicians from 1900-1950 -
The student will be able to present a report on a black musician who performed
between 1900 and 1950.
- Exploring Negro Spirituals - The student
will be able to explore the lyrics to Negro spirituals and examine how
they could have been used to communicate escape routes to slaves.
- High School Life Now and Then - The student
will be able to compare high school life for the Little Rock Nine in 1957
with high school students today.
- Inventors and Their Inventions - The student
will be able to match African American inventors with their inventions.
- Is That Fair? - The student will be able to
understand the idea that some people were treated differently in early
America because of their skin color.
- Making an Underground Railroad Safe House
- The student will be able to work with the class to build a typical safe
house that was used during the time of the Underground Railroad.
- Multi-cultural Collage - The student will
be able to create a collage by cutting out people of different ethnicities
and Language Politics: 8mile - Explore how Race and Language play
an influential role in the formation and pedagogical use of hip hop texts.
- Slavery Debate - The student will be able
to work with other class members to debate whether slavery was or was
not morally right.
- The Top Ten Most Famous Black Inventors and
What They Did - We take a look at the top ten most famous black inventors
of all time, studying the countless contributions they have made to science,
industry and human life.
of the Blues - How the music of Blues woman reflected history and
helped to change it.
- What Would You Invent? - Students use
the inventions of African American inventors as inspiration to create
their own inventions.
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Days of African American History - Students create a daily calendar
of events in African American history.
for African Folk Tales - A series of ideas.
Heroes - Students will identify an important African American and
write a letter recommending that this person be honored with a postage
History Mural - Students create a mural of famous African Americans.
Inventors and Inventions - Students learn about inventions created
by African Americans and complete a work sheet about the information learned.
Treated Equally- To let children experience prejudice first hand,
in reference to Martin Luther King Day.
Rights Time Line - "Students create a time line about important
events in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s."
Traits and People in Black History- Students read a one-page biographical
essay and write in paragraph form how an African American has demonstrated
a certain character trait.
Exposure- This lesson explains why and how colonist attitudes towards
the Native Americans and African Americans changed over time.
Firsts in African American History - Students learn fascinating firsts
and facts and answer questions about African American history.
African Americans ABC Book - Help students create an ABC book with
short biographies of famous African Americans in history.
Person: Rosa Louis Parks - Students will be able to describe Rosa
Parks' contributions and how they affect us today through the presentation
of the mini-unit.
Langston Hughes- The students will read and appreciate the writing
of great American Authors.
Black History - Students learn about African American history in their
city or town using library sources, online sources, and oral narratives.
Back at Pre-Civil War Slavery- Students understand the nature of slavery,
the impact of slavery on African-Americans, and how slavery intensified
the conflict between the North and South that eventually led to a major
cause of the Civil War.
Bridge - Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature.
- Roll With
the Punches: It's Not in Black and White- Students evaluate the responsibilities
of history textbooks in reporting events related to minorities.
Bearden-Style Collages - Students create collages in the style of
African American artist Romare Bearden.
Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott - Students dramatize the incident
that started the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s: Rosa Parks's
refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Rosa Parks
Refused to Do What?- Enables students to learn about an African-American
woman whose brave act led to the Montgomery bus boycott organized by Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
through the Ages- Students work in groups to define slavery in three
different cultures. Students will be given information on slavery in Greek,
Roman, and African cultures, and then after some discussion, they will
be asked to answer questions on the topic.
and the African American Inventor - "The purpose of this lesson
is to create an awareness and understanding that important technological
advances within our culture, in a variety of areas, are the result of
the work done by a diverse group of people, many of whom are African Americans."
Underground Railroad - Students will use vocabulary related to the
- Who Is
George Washington Carver, Anyway?- Enables students to learn about
an African-American scientist who made significant contributions in science
- Why Can't
I Vote?- This activity is a relevant way to have students examine
the events that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The
students assume the roles of black and white voters prior to the passage
of the Voting Rights Act in order to appreciate their own culture, cultures
of others and gain perspective of other ethnic groups.
- Why Celebrate
Black History Month- To utilize Internet resources for the immersion
of students into Black History, they learn about the culture, heritage,
family, church, and politics of the African-American and why we honor
their accomplishments. Then they make class presentations.
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