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Introduce your class to the techniques of proper writing. In groups, they brainstorm their ideas on family structures and discuss the importance of having a male figure in their lives. After listening to an African-American poem, they take notes on the elements used in the writings. To end the lesson, they develop their own starters to stories they are going to write.
Fifth graders create a mask made out of paper mache.
Students investigate the culture of Cuba as sung through the music. They listen to the music in order to create a context for class discussion about hispanic popular culture and its influences.
Students explore the economic factors surrounding slavery in the United States, such as the Triangle Trade.  In this American History lesson, students analyze primary sources such as narrative accounts and pictures, to gather information about the Middle Passage and the slave trade in the United States.
Fourth graders examine a person's education and their ability to be independent and to resist oppression.  In this American History lesson, 4th graders study the ideas of James McCune Smith. 
Eighth graders examine the Antebellum period in American History. In this Secession lesson plan, 8th graders analyze primary source data. Students infer about the secession of the South using this data. 
High schoolers examine narratives of two slaves: iam W. Brown and Frederick Douglas. They produce an essay explaining how Brown's narrative challenged the prejudices of readers in his own time and how it challenges prejudices today.
Students identify the musical genre of Hip-Hop and make a connection with other styles of music. A time line of musical styles is developed and discussed.
Tenth graders are introduced to the social, economic and political developments of the 1920s. Using historical developments that are part of the indicator, they create a three-dimensional graphic organizer.
Young scholars observe 3 demonstrations of heat and density.  In this experimental lesson students participate in an activity that allows them to see the Earth's plate boundaries. 
Discover the differences in dialect when teaching linguistics. Many examples from Creole, Pidgin, slang, and the UK are used. The slides are black and white and mostly consist of various examples.
Learners identify some of Aretha Franklin's vocal qualities and techniques. They have a discussion of styles of music they heard on the video, including gospel, jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, and opera.
Students identify musical characteristics of gospel and sing a gospel selection. They practice the call and response technique. After going through individual parts, they sing the entire song with piano accompaniment.
Second graders study artist Jacob Lawrence and his paintings of Harriet Tubman; students create their own painting in Lawrence's style. In this art and history lesson, 2nd graders read and study the art from Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories. Students study his Harriet Tubman pieces and create a sketch for an escape scenario by Harriet Tubman. Students share their work.
Students research Langston Hughes poetry for his use of figurative language. In this poetry analysis lesson, students research the life and poetry of Langston Hughes and his use of vivid words. Students complete 23 different activities for the lesson and choose adjectives that describe their sensory experiences.
Eleventh graders study the history of slavery in the United States.  In this American History activity, 11th graders read handouts and answer various questions.  Students create a skit which depicts the reactions of enslaved people and owners.  Students perform the skit in front of the class. 
Students recognize and clap the syncopated rhythmic beat of a rap song and identify recurring rhythmic pattern in the excerpt of "Dance of the Adolescents" from Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
Ninth graders discuss the importance of respecting others. After popping balloons, they use paper strips to write words representing stereotypes for men and women. In groups, they share their list and identify those that could be used for both men and women. To end the lesson, they share their reactions to various stereotypes.
Learners explore syncopation and rhythm. In this music patterns lesson, students compare the syncopation of the rhythms of classical and rap music.
Young scholars analyze an interactive map of the Missouri Compromise to identify the regions and their relation to slavery. In this pre-civil war era lesson, students read primary source documents and research online to answer questions related to the economic and philosphic differences betweeen the North and South. Young scholars write a paragraph to demonstrate understanding of concepts.

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