African-American History Teacher Resources
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Teach21 Lesson: Harlem Renaissance, Lesson 2/11
Using the poem "Harlem" by Walter Dean Myers as their guide, students explore the messages and contributions of the Harlem Renaissance. Students choose one figure from the period (one mentioned in the poem, or otherwise) and complete research on that person.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
The War in the South, 1778-1781
High schoolers explore the major terms of the Franco-American alliance and their importance to the cause of independence. The most important military engagements in the South are discussed and their significance for the outcome of the war noted.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Art and Culture of the Afro-American
Your high schoolers will examine the community in which they live and discuss with the class. Using the Internet, they identify the importance of African-American art and how it relates to the African-American culture. Individually, they use one piece of art and recreate it in their own way.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
African Americans in the Civil War
Eleventh graders examine the role of African-Americans in the Civil War. After reading a poem, they analyze and identify the difficulties faced by African Americans. In pairs, they complete a worksheet based on the poem and information.
11th Social Studies & History
Black History Month - Past to Present
Learners 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
African American Poetry: Family and Traditions
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.
K - 3rd English Language Arts
Black History Month Biographies
Young scholars research famous African Americans for Black History Month. In this biography lesson, students read about five famous African Americans: Nat King Cole, Jackie Robinson, Melba Pattillo, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King. They answer questions and discuss their life.
4th - 5th English Language Arts
Black History Project
Third graders explore and analyze about famous African-Americans by listening to four picture book biographies. They generate a list of 15 famous African-Americans and then create a survey to rank them according to importance of accomplishments and administer the survey to grades three through five, collect data from the survey and then create graphs representing their results.
3rd Social Studies & History
Design a Postage Stamp for Black History Month
Students research famous black Americans for Black History Month. In this art/black history lesson, students do internet research to explore the various achievements of black Americans throughout history. Students design a postage stamp, creating symbols to represent the contributions made by the famous black American they researched.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
African-American Iowans: History, contributions & Accomplishments.
Students explore lives of African-Americans in Iowa. Students will examine biographies and discuss perspectives of African-Americans. They will then create posters illustrating elements of those lives finally, putting on a five act play that demonstrates the lesson objectives.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Seven Famous African-American Masters of American Art
Students examine seven different African-American artists. In groups, they use the internet to identify their contribution and techniques to the art world and examine the time period in which the artwork was produced. To end the lesson, they use the knowledge they have gathered to write a play or story.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
African American Poetry: Songs of Protest and Pride
Students are introduced to various time periods in history in which African Americans wrote songs and poetry to cope. In groups, they travel between different stations to listen or read poems and music from the Civil War period, Civil Rights Movement, etc.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
African-Americans in the American West
Students explore the westward movement of African Americans. In this social studies lesson, students view PBS specials on the westward movement, discuss them, then work in collaborative groups to research a subtopic of the movement. After completing the research, each group will create accompanying documents from the time period, then graph and analyze population figures of the time period.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History
Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators: Grades 3-5
Students explore the topic of African American aviation. In this African American aviation instructional activity, students examine primary and secondary sources that enable them to discover challenges faced by African American aviators and identify African American aviator leaders.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Interpreting Selected Works of Art from the 20th Century African-American Experience
Students examine pieces of art by African-American artists in the 20th Century. For each piece, they are shown slides of the artwork and others by the artist to identify the techniques used. In groups, they discuss and research the time period in which the art was produced to end the lesson.
10th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
Students explore the topic of African American aviation. In this African American aviation lesson, students examine primary and secondary sources that enable them to discover challenges faced by African American aviators, identify African American aviator leaders, and then write about their research findings.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Students research Sojourner Truth. For 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.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History