African-American History Teacher Resources

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Learners are introduced to a groups of African American inventors. In groups, they research the role of each person in improving different industries. They also examine the barriers African Americans faced from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. To end the instructional activity, they share their information with the class.
Fourth graders research one African American's accomplishments and how it impacted American history using desktop software. Students create a mini LIFE magazine or a mini newspaper about this African American life and accomplishments.
Students research regions of early Arkansas as they relate to African American colonies in Arkansas after the Civil War. They discuss the characteristics of the regions, view a Powerpoint presentation, and write reflective journals.
Eighth graders read facts about famous African Americans. They create a time line on Timeliner from the information. Students draw facts from folk tales, legends, biographies, historical dramas, poetry, etc. Students access the Internet to locate additional information needed.
Fourth graders examine the life and achievements of promident African-Americans. As a class, they participate in acting out various scenes of a play which represents the Civil Rights era. They discuss how the world might be different if their contributions were never made.
Students research African American history and the Underground Railroad. In this African American history lesson, students discuss the Drinking Gourd. Students read 'If You Traveled the Underground Railroad' and discuss. Students work in groups to reenact the escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Students order the events relevant to the Underground Railroad.
Why do we celebrate Black History? Students conduct Internet research and view a PowerPoint to find out. The focus here is on using the computer for conduction research, creating slides, using two screens, and moving things around the desktop.
Learners research African-American participation in the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson plan, students read the article "Fighting Rebels with Only One Hand" and write a persuasive paragraph on whether the participation of the African-American soldiers can be considered an act of philanthropy.
Students examine sites located in Massachusetts that celebrate the history of African Americans. In groups, they read census reports and oral histories to gather more information about this group of people. They develop a timeline of important events and visit as many sites as possible.
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.
Third graders explore the various resources available for a research project through a study on famous African-Americans that have made significant contributions to American history. They complete bio-cubes on their famous African-Americans
Eleventh graders explore the African American culture and history of Kentucky. They observe how an author's personal bias can define the argument of his/her publication. Students analyze primary source documents.
Students use the internet to complete a scavenger hunt on African-American history. After locating all the information, they answer questions related to various topics related to African-Americans. They share their information with the class and ask any questions they have.
Students use the Internet and other sources to research an African American leader. Using a database, they compile their research notes and use a guideline to write an essay and correct citation format. They prepare short presentations as well.
Seventh graders study the ideologies of life, values, love, peace and struggle of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans as citizens of the United States. Authors and artists are used as tools to open the eyes of the students and allow them to see the impact and significance of cultures upon the history of the United States. Through traditional stories from different groups, they explore the customs and beliefs of their culture and others.
Students explore and analyze a database of historical portraits of an African American family of the late 1800's. They trace the migration of one of the African Americans as he/she migrates toward urban areas.
Students explore the issue of race in television since the 1950's, focusing specifically on African-American entertainers. After researching important issues, events, and television personalities of specific decades, students create TV guide issues.
Learners collect information to conduct an argument against slavery. They read primary source documents and develop an argument against the institution as it existed in America.
Students study the African American troop experiences in the Civil War. In this American history activity, students examine primary and secondary sources regarding the experiences and contributions of African American soldiers who served during the Civil War. Students write persuasive pieces based on their research findings.
Students investigate the African American culture in the 1920's and the Harlem Renaissance. They read and analyze poems written by poets of the Harlem Renaissance, listen to jazz music and identify the characteristics of the music, and answer a discussion question.