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Students explore the economic factors surrounding slavery in the United States, such as the Triangle Trade. In this American History activity, 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.
Eleventh graders study the history of slavery in the United States. In this American History instructional 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.
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 examine different types of masks from various cultures. Using the masks, they identify the use of design elements in them. They create their own paper mask using the elements and share them with the class. After viewing a video, they discuss the meaning of the mask in other cultures.
Sixth graders study South African dances to learn about dancing styles in their country. In this dance activity, 6th graders watch a video of dances and mark the movements they observe. Students then answer questions about the video. Students research South African dances by finding pictures of the dances, listing the dances, demonstrating the dances, and bringing a unique item about the dance to class.