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Students research the views of five African American activists. Using the Internet, they determine how each leader differed in their views on obtaining equality. They share their information with the class and write an essay explaining which activist methods they feel would have been most effective.
In this African-American oral tradition worksheet, students read and learn about the vast and important history of the oral traditions that existed in the African-American culture. Students use this worksheet as a pre-reading text to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Students also have several questions to complete at the end of the text.
Elementary learners explore African American culture by reading children's poetry. They read the book, The Palm of My Heart which features poetry by an assortment of young African American boys and girls. Students define several vocabulary terms from the book and answer study questions based on the poems and book.
The emotional and spiritual oppression of slavery in the African-American experience is the focus of this lesson. Middle schoolers analyze various texts by Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou related to freedom and oppression. They use textual evidence to write about slavery, oppression, compassion, and nonviolence. Additionally, they perform African-American spirituals and write reflectively for the lesson.
Eighth graders examine the history of West Virginia African Americans. In this West Virginia history lesson, 8th graders read selected articles about African-Americans in West Virginia. Students record facts from the articles and present the main points of the articles to their classmates.
Challenge historians to investigate influential African-Americans through this online research activity. Learners undertake this task using online links, some of which require investigative searching. Print the worksheet out first, so students can write as they research. There are 31 short-answer questions, followed by a final short-essay response, and a connection to the community asking students to research a local "outstanding African-American." Most links operate.