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One of the many appeals of this resource lies in its diverse application. Appropriate for US history, English, or art classes, scholars will appreciate the exploration of the civil rights movement through art, music, and film. They'll discuss and analyze the revolutionary art of Black Panther artist Emory Douglas. They'll consider both the social context of the time and the Panthers' mission as they view Douglas's work. They then analyze the lyrics to the James Brown song, "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud." A wonderful way to bring social injustice and social revolution to the table. The resource includes discussion questions, but does not provide any assessment or rubric.
After looking into the life, art, and social contributions of artist Emory Douglas, learners analyze several social art pieces. They use Emory Douglas as an example of social art, then consider 10 other pieces. They write a paper responding to three of the words as they relate to Emory Douglas. Note: Links to specific works are not included.
Visual literacy can be experienced in many different ways. Learners discuss the times, graphic art, and cultural significance of activism in art as they explore artist and Black Panther, Emory Douglas. This is a discussion-based lesson complete with background information and discussion questions.
I love lessons like this because they let kids see the power of art, poetry, and activism in times of social injustice and unrest. They'll analyze the art used by Emory Douglas in the production of the Black Panther newspaper and posters. They'll then analyze three poems written about various civil rights movements or social injustices involving race.
High schoolers consider the plight of African Americans in post-Reconstruction America. In this African American history lesson, students discover the visions of African American leaders Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey. High schoolers research the views of contemporary African American leaders and examine the history of race relations in the United States.
If you want a light exercise to review 12 famous people, events, and movements in American history, with a focus on African-American history, this crossword puzzle may be useful. It requires familiarity with Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., the Black Panther Party, and more. This could be used as an introduction to the topic by requiring your class to conduct online or library research in order to solve the puzzle.
Students investigate the context, issues, important people, and outcomes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. They attempt to answer the essential question, "Would the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 60's have happened if Martin Luther King, Jr. had never been born?" They research primary and secondary sources.
Fifth graders are introduced to different aspects of African-American history through literature, art, and films. As a class, they are read a story about the Underground Railroad, identify the main characters and put the events into chronological order. They read another story and view artwork on their own and answer questions. To end the activity, they identify the location of plantations on a map.
Eighth graders discuss the concept of racism and how it has impacted various groups of American citizens from WWII through the Civil Rights era. After viewing a video, 8th graders complete worksheets and discussion activities which aid in explaining the social, economic, and moral impact of systemic racism and segregation.
Art can express acts of injustice and move society to action. Upper graders analyze contemporary art relating to specific moments in history. They discuss propaganda, anarchy, sociology, and violence as activism. After researching and discussing singular violent acts in the name of social justice, they create a piece that responds to current events.
Students create a painting that clearly exemplifies the use of primary pigments to make secondary pigments. They demonstrate the distinction between value and saturation. They explain the affect of adjacent colors on each other and discuss Wright's use of color in The Blacksmith's Shop.
Students view various pieces of art and sculptures which demonstrates people who are marginalized and invisible. While viewing the art, they are read excerpts of different pieces of literature in which they determine why the author or artists wrote or created for what purpose. To end the lesson, they choose one group in America they feel has been invisible and create their own piece of art.
Learners listen to excerpts from a narrative from Michael McCarty. In this civil rights movement lesson, students read the autobiography selections and discuss the effects of racism in society, and personal character skills, like standing up for what you believe in. Learners can use this lesson as an introduction to personal narratives or researching civil rights.