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Students examine the significance of the Harlem Renaissance. In this African American history lesson, students investigate images and biographies about African Americans who contributed writing and art during the time period. Students use KWL charts and notes to determine how the work of artists and writers reflected the changing society.
Groups collaborate to create historical documentaries. In this American Civil Rights lesson, groups research primary and secondary sources about the events and people pertinent to the movement in the 1950s and 1960s. They then use Windows Movie Maker to create classroom presentations to share with their classmates. Several online resources are suggested here to explore the Montgomery bus boycott, the lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, etc.
Fifth graders explore poetry by participating in a literary class game. In this literature vocabulary lesson, 5th graders collaborate in a Jeopardy style game in which they create questions which will be the answers for another group. Students participate an activity where the group answering the most literary term questions is declared the winner.
Students explore jazz music while listening and following along with the song "Sir Duke." In this introduction to Jazz lesson, students will identify key players in the Jazz movement, identify instruments used in jazz, and create a class bulletin board displaying biographies of jazz musicians or composers.
Young scholars define the community of Harlem. They explain the growth of music in this area and identify important people who spearheaded this movement. They identify places where music grew in Harlem and establish a visual as well as an aural account of the musical history of this era.
Students explore Virginia Interfaith Center's A More Perfect Union "Misunderstanding" Ad Campaign, view two episodes of PBS America at a Crossroads series, examine historical context of colonialism and geo-political tensions in Middle East, and work in collaborative groups to create media campaign to promote understanding, tolerance, and communication.