African-American History Teacher Resources
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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 culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
African American Population Shifts
Middle schoolers investigate population trends. In this African American history lesson, students access U.S. Census records from 1900 to the present online. Middle schoolers analyze the migration of African Americans from one area of the U.S. to another.
African Americans in Aviation: The 1940s- A Decade of Change
Young scholars investigate African Americans in aviation. In this primary resources lesson, students examine primary resources to research the history of African American in aviation. Young scholars answer two research questions and write an essay or create an exhibit based on their findings.
Guided Reading: African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies
Using the nonfiction book African Americans in the Thirteen Colonies, learners read segments about the origin and perpetuation of slavery in the colonies. Reading comprehension is assessed as the class discusses the text, and explores reasons why this institution began and how it ended. African American achievements are also highlighted. Note: To check fluency, have some pupils read aloud.
"In Defense of My Race and Country": African-American Soldiers on Why They Are Fighting
Why would an African-American slave fight in the Civil War? Read and analyze primary source documents to understand the ex-slave perspective on fighting in the Union Army. Everything to complete this lesson plan is included.
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Students research Sojourner Truth. In this African American history lesson, students discuss the life and cabinet card of Sojourner Truth. They replicate her card with one that shows the mood and activities of their own life.
Before Brother Fought Brother: A Debate Against Slavery
Students argue against slavery using evidence gathered from archival documents. They analyze documents, describe documents, and tell what is revealed about African American's quality of life.
Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
Students identify and connect themes of selected nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art to Harlem Renaissance jazz. They compare and contrast historical and fictionalized versions of the jazz scenes of the Harlem Renaissance. They describe the impact of jazz on African-American literature of the Harlem Renaissance.
Amen! Schools In!
Students explore discrimination. In this civil rights instructional activity, students discover how local churches and community programs attempted to educate African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Students research the Plessy v. Ferguson court case and Jim Crow law.
Build a Black History Database/Timeline
Young scholars research famous people and events in Black History then break the biographies and events down into specific information related to dates in history. They
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 Double V campaign to promote equal rights. They end the lesson by comparing the African-American experience to other minorities during the war.
History, African Americans, The Blues
This lesson enables teachers to use blues music to explore the history of African Americans in the 20th century. By studying the content of blues songs, students can learn about the experiences and struggles of the working-class Southerners who created th
African-Americans in California's Heartland
Learners read and view video about the pioneers moving west. In this African American pioneer lesson, students become familiar with the problems faced by the pioneers and African-American pioneers. Learners complete worksheets and compare and contrast the movement of each pioneer group. Students explore the role of women traveling west as well. Learners create a poster.
Changes for African Americans in Virginia
Fourth graders research slaves in Virginia during the Civil War. In this changes for African Americans lesson plan, 4th graders view images and discuss how their position and power has changed over time.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY BEFORE EMANCIPATION
Explore poetry written by African-Americans before emancipation. 8th graders create collages, and explain why they chose specific stanzas. They display the collages on the class bulletin board that demonstrate an understanding of the American Civil War.
Comparing and Contrasting the Individual Experiences of African Americans in the 19th Century
High schoolers investigate selected portions of the oral histories collected by interviewers of the Federal Writer's Project during the 1930s. They search the various narratives for comments on particular time periods while working in small groups.
Language Arts, Social Studies, African Americans, The Blues, To Kill A Mockingbird
African American history during the Jim Crow era includes encounters with poverty, racism, disrespect, and protest. Harper Lee develops all four of these themes in her famous 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. To help students understand these ideas, this
African Americans after the Civil War
Students explore the events of Reconstruction after the Civil War. In this US History lesson, students complete several activities and worksheets that reinforce challenges and social upheaval experienced in the South after the Civil War.
African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman
Fifth graders become familiar with the role of African Americans during WWII. In this WWII lesson, 5th graders watch a newsreel and discuss its use as a primary source. Students answer questions about the newsreel.
"Pitchfork" Ben Tillman and Political Reform in South Carolina
Eleventh graders examine the political reform movement in South Carolina spearheaded by "Pitchfork" Ben Tillman. In this South Carolina history lesson plan, 11th graders examine primary and secondary sources regarding Tillman and his vision. Students take tests over the material.