African-American History Teacher Resources
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Art to Zoo: Life in the Promised Land: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940
This is a fantastic resource designed for learners to envision what it was like for the three million African-Americans who migrated to urban industrial centers of the northern United States between 1910 and 1940. After reading a...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The First African American Regiment
Young historians examine a memorial sculpture of the first African American regiment in the Civil War, and then compare how the experiences of the regiment are portrayed in letters and poetry, as well as in the motion picture, Glory.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
African Americans in World War II: Staging a Double V Campaign in the Classroom
The feelings and attitudes of African-Americans during World War II are examined by high schoolers. After watching various clips from "The War," they answer comprehension questions for each section. In groups, they create their own...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Celebrating African American/Black Leaders in History: Their Religions and Their Legacy
Kick start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Hidden Stories: A Three-Part Lesson in African-American History, Research, and Children’s Literature
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a...
10th - 12th English Language Arts
F.E.W. Harper: Uplifted from the Shadows
What is stereotyping, and how do we handle stereotyping in our daily interactions? Your young historians will not only have the opportunity to learn about the first African American woman to publish a short story–Frances Ellen...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage, Grades 3-5
Through character trait graphic organizers, a vocabulary sorting activity, class discussion, and a civil rights movement slide show, your young historians will be introduced to the amazing story of Ruby Bridges and her experiences as the...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Dance of the Times: African-American Expression of Jazz
New ReviewMusic enthusiasts discover the birth of jazz and explore a variety of images showcasing African-Americans' expression of the music. Taking part in a grand conversation, pupils discuss the myriad of emotions that come to be from reviewing...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Negro Leagues: The People, Places and Experiences of Black Baseball
Get out of the classroom and go for a walk, all while teaching students about the Negro baseball leagues of the early and mid-1900s. Based on a Walking Classroom podcast, this lesson explores the widespread impact of segregation on...
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
After Reconstruction: Problems of African Americans
Students describe issues or problems facing African Americans following Reconstruction. They explain possible solutions to these problems suggested in the sources you find, and cite arguments for and against these solutions.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Pupils analyze a variety of primary source materials related to lynching (news articles, letters written to or written by prominent Americans, pamphlets, broadsides, etc.) in order to assess the effectiveness of the anti-lynching...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Baseball: The Tenth Inning - Bases Divided
Baseball is a relatively high-interest topic through which social studies classes can explore racial prejudice in the US. Video clips provide much of the background information that groups record on their handout and then share with the...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Civil Rights in America
Civil Rights in America is the theme of this 2014 packet of materials prepared for Florida's Black History Month studies. Class members examine news reports and images of key civil rights leaders and events during the struggle for equal...
K - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
To Kill a Mockingbird: Historical and Cultural Context
As part of their study of the film adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird, class members analyze how Robert Mulligan uses the film lens to depict the historical period and social issues presented in Harper Lee's novel. A superior resource...
7th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Underground Railroad: A Journey to Freedom
Here is a nice collection of worksheets, lesson plans, and activity ideas for approaching the Underground Railroad with your students. It includes 10 days/5 lessons worth of materials, including a play script, fill-in-the-blank...
4th - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil Disobedience and the Atlanta Student Movement
What tactics are used in civil disobedience? Learners study the conditions in Alabama that led to the establishment of the Atlanta Student Movement, as well as consider the nature and effectiveness of civil disobedience.
5th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage, Grades 6-8
Designed for a plethora of Common Core standards, your young historians will learn about the story of Ruby Bridges and the civil rights movement through expository and persuasive writing activities, as well as by viewing and analyzing an...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed