The Evolution of The African American Experience Lesson Plan


Key Vocabulary:

Civil War

Goals / Aims:

Today's lesson will be a mix of history, social injustice, mixed with some reading comprehension.

I will use two key figures in history (Frederick Douglass & Martin Luther King) to illustrate both the late Antebellum period and Civil Rights movement.

1. Students will learn key figures, dates, and words.

2. Students will learn the underlying them, which is the importance of education and an active participation in the greater society.


1. Reinforcing reading comprehension and note taking skills.

2. Working on critical thinking skills.

3. Listening skills.

Materials and Aids:

Dry Erase Board


A. Introduction-

1. Students will receive a warm up assignment; four sentences based on the two key figures.

2. Students will circle nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

3. Students will participate in a social injustice experiment.

B. Development-

1. After warm up, we will discuss the social experiment as a class.

2. Students will explain how they felt about the injustice.

3. The segregated students will express their feelings.

4. The students who were not discriminated against will express how they felt about the experiment.

C. Practice-

1. I will introduce our two key figures in a lecture.

D. Independent Practice-

1. After lecture students will individually read two passages, each on one of the key figures.

2. Students will mark up the passage. They will circle key dates, vocabulary, names, etc.

3. Students will then discuss the passages as a group.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. May have to separate students into 3 groups (low rigor, medium, and high)

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Students will have to answer two questions in groups after reading the passage.

G. Closure-

1. I will take some time to reiterate the importance of education using textual, personal, and historical content.


Looking back at this lesson I would like to complete a We Quest at the end of the unit and have students learn about figures they have only heard of.