African-American History Teacher Resources
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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.
Students discover the responsibilities of the Civilian Conservation Corps. In this New Deal lesson, students analyze the impact that the inclusion of African Americans in the Civilian Conservation Corps made on race relations in the United States. Students review several primary documents to determine the impact in order to write an essay on the topic.
Students perform in a play demonstrating and event or significant individual in African American history. They research significant events and individuals in African American history. They write and present visual presentation that accurately portrays significant events in African American history.
Students investigate population trends. In this African American history lesson, students access U.S. Census records from 1900 to the present online. Students analyze the migration of African Americans from one area of the U.S. to another.
Learners investigate African Americans in aviation. In this primary resources lesson, students examine primary resources to research the history of African American in aviation. Learners answer two research questions and write an essay or create an exhibit based on their findings.
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.
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 is included.
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.
African-American history is an integral part of what America is. Learners examine important events, read informational texts, and create quilts depicting specific eras in African-American history. Each image created for the quilt will be followed by a written explanation of its significance. This is a great lesson, it is appropriate for any time of the year.
Students examine how African American families were affected by slavery. As a class, they watch and read King's "I Have a Dream Speech" and write a paper on how this message relates to families. In their journals, they compare and contrast their ideas of slavery to actual accounts. To end the lesson, they discuss if King's dream has been achieved in the United States or if there is still more to be done.
February is Black History Month. So why not highlight lessons that connect mathematics to Africans and African Americans?
Suggested books to help students better understand African American history.
Black History Month lesson plans provide a way to meet academic standards, and have students learn about a variety of subjects.
Students attempt to answer how African-American, Latino, and white students address race relations in the United States in the future.
Tenth graders observe several films, including The Divided Union, focusing on the conditions of slavery and African American soldiers in the Union Army. In addition, they watch Uncle Tom's Cabin and Glory to reinforce their knowledge of the war and the African American participation in it. Prior to watching each film, 10th graders complete KWL film strategy charts.
Young scholars create a definition for family that is applicable to the African American. The make a collage made up of family pictures and present it to the class giving a brief explanation of the family members present in the collage. They interview a relative or family friend who has migrated from a Southern rural town.
Students identify racial stereotypes in advertisements from the past and survey their sources and implications. They compare advertisements from the past with those of today using similar approaches and create an original advertisement and subject it to the same analysis.
Learners consider the plight of African Americans in post-Reconstruction America. For this African American history lesson, students discover the visions of African American leaders Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey. Learners research the views of contemporary African American leaders and examine the history of race relations in the United States.
Eighth graders examine the lives of Blacks before the Civil War. In this American History lesson students read about the lives of blacks in the North. Students describe the important elements of life in their communities.
Students read about the life and work of John and Mary Jones. Using primary source documents, they draw conclusions about their role in the abolistionist movement. They also examine artifacts from their lives and analyze their portrait in groups to determine what they can gather from it.