African-American History Teacher Resources

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Students explore Civil Rights by analyzing U.S. history. In this African American workforce lesson, students discuss the history of African Americans in Baltimore and the need for steady work that formed. Students define vocabulary terms from the era and answer study questions about the tools that were used in maritime trades.
Students examine current laws and use problem solving activities designed to develop in students the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate situations they may/ be confronted with as potential teen-aged fathers.
Students are introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography. For each author, they research their life and works and discuss why it reflects different time periods of African-Americans. In groups, they brainstorm characteristics of a character and the setting they are going to use in writing their fictional autobiography. To end the instructional activity, they share their writings with the class.
Students research three African-American musicians and compose a report based upon their research in this Music Appreciation lesson plan for the middle level classroom. The lesson plan could be adapted for various student levels and abilities.
Learners are introduced to the goals of abolitionists throughout history. In groups, they use the internet to discover the purpose of the Underground Railroad and why there were bus boycotts in the 1960s. They compare and contrast the messages of King, Jr. and Malcolm X to end the instructional activity.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the treatment of African-American soldiers during the American Civil War and World War II. In this African-American history lesson, 11th graders analyze and interpret the films "Glory,"and "The Tuskegee Airmen."
Students take a closer look at African American college students in the early 1900's. In this North Carolina history lesson, students read "African American College Students," and respond to discussion questions about the article.
Students use the Internet to research African American inventors. They work with a partner to complete a graphic organizer about the inventors and the inventions.
Students investigate the concept of a biography by using famous African Americans for a subject. Each student is assigned one biography and conducts research in order to complete an ABC book for the class that is used for display purposes or sharing.
Students explore Missouri's African American history. In this Civil War instructional activity, students explore the role of Missouri's enslaved African Americans in the Civil War using primary resources.
Eighth graders explore the community of enslaved African Americans.  In this American History lesson, 8th graders evaluate the importance of cultural expression in the black community.  Students study the contributions made by the African Grove Theater.
Students investigate African American pioneer aviators.  In this aviation lesson, students read the biographies of William J Powell, Alfred Anderson, and Benjamin Davis. Students create a mock diary of one of the African-American aviators.
Students use at least one database to find relevant materials on their topic. In this African American History instructional activity, student record relevant information in their own words and prepare a 1-2 page biographical sketch on an African-American pioneer in science, inventions, discovery, or the arts.
Students learn about African American inventors. In this inventing lesson, students are assigned an African American inventor to research. Students work in pairs to complete their research. Students write a compare and contrast paragraph between Vivian Thomas (from lesson one) and the inventor they researched.
Third graders examine the life of the African American in the Pee Dee region during slavery.  In this slavery lesson, 3rd graders explore primary and secondary documents related to the topic and create a timeline of when slavery first appeared in South Carolina.  Students construct a quilt square that will describe their lives and put together to form a class quilt.  This lesson is specific to resources in South Carolina. 
Sixth graders explore the push/pull factors that influenced the South to North migration.  In this African-American migration lesson plan, 6th graders read an article and answer comprehension questions. Students write a letter to the government.
Students research a famous African American in order to present a slideshow presentation. They aslo develop a brochure on a famous African American. They include the early childhood, education, career, accomplishments, and awards of a selected African American.
Fourth graders complete a brief research biography about a famous Black historical figure in honor of Black History Month. The completed biographies were then assembled into a complete class set in alphabetical order.
Students examine the Great Migration of African Americans to the North from the South. After reading a primary source document, they respond to the letter given a set of questions. In groups, they research the funding for white and black schools in the South and examine the economic situations of share-croppers.
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 campaign spearheaded by African-Americans. This resource focuses on Billie Holiday's signature song, "Strange Fruit," a protest song Lewis Allen (Abel Meeropol) wrote in 1938 about the ongoing and intransigent problem of lynching in the American South.