African-American History Teacher Resources
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Fifth graders examine the role of African-Americans in New Haven, Connecticut. Using two maps, they compare and contrast the differences in the town from the past to today. In groups, they use the internet to research the contributions of various individuals on the town and share their information with the class to end the instructional activity.
Pupils complete activities for Black History month. In this Black history month lesson, students complete assignments their teacher chooses after they have examined the do's and don'ts of teaching the subject.
Students analyze the reasons African-Americans settled in the area to be known as Nebraska. Using primary source documents, they read about the challenges they faced and compare their growth and distribution of African-Americas in the 19th and 20th century. They discuss the feelings they get from photographs of the time period as well.
Eighth graders research the origins of African-American Christian denominations in the United States focusing on important historical leaders in the fight for religious freedom. They complete reports comparing two denominations.
Students research famous people and events in Black History then break the biographies and events down into specific information related to dates in history. They
Students 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.
Students read and view video about the pioneers moving west. In this African American pioneer instructional activity, students become familiar with the problems faced by the pioneers and African-American pioneers. Students complete worksheets and compare and contrast the movement of each pioneer group. Students explore the role of women traveling west as well. Students create a poster.
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 class. This leads to a discussion on the treatment of African Americans after the Civil War through the 1900s, and other considerations that impacted their acceptance into the major leagues. Once learners have a strong historical foundation for this topic, they are invited to consider whether they now live in a society in which race is not important. They take a position on this topic and write a persuasive essay. This thorough lesson includes everything you'll need, including a rubric and standards.
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.
Students examine the role of African-Americans in the Civil War. Using primary sources, they analyze the material and formulate their own opinions about the past. They write journal entries to share their opinions on photographs from the time period as well.
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.
Students examine experiences by African-American women during the Civil War. Reading letters and autobiographies, they gain insight into how they dealt with slavery and losing their children. They create a model in which to evaluate the primary source documents they read. They compare and contrast the experiencse of women with those in "Uncle Tom's Cabin".
Young scholars analyze a painting from African-American culture to determine its meaning. Reading slave spirituals, they discover what live was like for African-Americans who were enslaved in the South. They draw conclusions about their desire for freedom.
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.
Students complete a unit on Black History Month. They explore various websites, develop a timeline of Dr. King's life, create a travel brochure for the King Center, design a commercial starring Jesse Owens, design a baseball card for Jackie Robinson, and create a poster illustrating an African American woman's accomplishments.
Students are introduced to the elements of African-American poetry. As a class, they are read different types of poems to discover there are different styles of poems and practice rhyming words. They share information on their family in the United States and write a poem on their favorite family member. To end the lesson, they pick their favorite poems and share them with the class.
Students explore commemorative stamps. In this commemorative stamp lesson, students research African Americans commemorated in postage stamps. Students select an African American individual they feel should be commemorated in stamps and write a persuasive letter presenting their case.
How has the African American population changed over the years? Learners use charts, statistical data, and maps to see how populations in African American communities have changed since the 1860s. Activity modifications are included to accommodate grades 3-12.
Young scholars write a rap or hip-hop lyric about the life of a famous Black American. They explore famous Black Americans in history and explore how the rap form compares to other forms of poetic expression.
First graders explore equality by viewing presentations in class. In this Black History lesson, 1st graders discuss the men and women who fought for African-American freedom in the United States such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Students view PowerPoint presentations about the important figures and create their own illustrations of these men and women.