W.E.B. DuBois Teacher Resources
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Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois: The Problem of Negro Leadership
Students focus on the problem of African American leadership throughout American history. In groups, they research the life and works of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois and how they worked to promote the need for African American leaders. They examine the reasons why Washington's ideas lost followers and DuBois gained followers. To end the instructional activity, they discuss if either man's ideas would be accepted today.
Accommodation or Activism
Students examine the philosophies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. For this political lesson students analyze the philosophies of two prominent African Americans in history. They look to see who's strategy for equal economic and political rights for African Americas was more appropriate.
Fighting for Democracy
Young scholars reflect on what life was like in the 1800's for Native Americans. In this U.S. History instructional activity, students work in small groups to complete numerous activities that reflect on the role of Booker T. Washington and DuBois in African Americans gaining freedom.
Fighting for Democracy, Fighting for Me
Students consider how African American responded to social injustice. In this social injustice lesson, students compare and contrast the visions of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois for obtaining civil rights for African Americans.
Dubois and Washington Venn Diagram
Students compare and contrast the visions of W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington. In this African American history lesson, students read biographies about both men and create a Venn diagram about the men.
Race and Ethnicity in the 1920s
What was life like for African-Americans during the 1920s? It was filled with acute racism, gross mistreatment, and powerful Black leaders. Learn about The Great Debate, Tulsa Race Riots, the rise of the KKK, The NAACP, and Marcus Garvey. The Harlem Renaissance is also discussed.
Marcus Garvey and the Rise of Black Nationalism
Fourth graders explore the differing beliefs of African American activists. In this American history lesson, 4th graders examine the views of racism resistance that Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Marcus Garvey held.
African-American Soldiers in World War I: The 92nd and 93rd Divisions
Students research the role played and contributions made by African American soldiers during World War I. They discuss the evolution of civil rights in America's history, and the progress that has been made in the last 100 years.
Ida B. Wells Let the Truth Be Told Reinforcing Activity
Learners discuss social justice through learning about Ida B. Wells. In this justice lesson, students listen to the book Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth be Told by Walter Dean Myers, then work in groups to research 5 other people who fought for social justice.
African-American Soldiers After World War I: Had Race Relations Changed?
Students utilize an online database to conduct research and analyze the conditions for African-Americans before and after World War I. They consider the role of the 92nd and 93rd divisions in affecting social change.
A Meeting Of Renaissance Minds
Seventh graders investigate the contributions of individuals during the Italian and Harlem Renaissance periods. In this Italian and Harlem Renaissance lesson, 7th graders research the two eras before writing a script. They write a script that develops a conversation between two significant persons of the era including details about the artistic, social, and political changes.
"Pitchfork" Ben Tillman and Political Reform in South Carolina
Eleventh graders examine the political reform movement in South Carolina spearheaded by "Pitchfork" Ben Tillman. In this South Carolina history instructional activity, 11th graders examine primary and secondary sources regarding Tillman and his vision. Students take tests over the material.
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.
Teaching Lost Names
Eleventh graders explore the novel Lost Names. In this literature lesson, 11th graders make a poster showing propaganda, write a brochure, provide food for the food day, and write a personal reflection about the book after they have read and discussed literary elements.
John Gary Evans and the Politics of Race
Students read letters written by Evans and Gunton regarding race relations. For this Progressive Movement lesson, students interpret the intentions and tone of the letters to understand contemporary racial beliefs. Students discuss the arguments and respond to a writing prompt.
African American Soldiers in World War I
Eleventh graders analyze the fight of African Americans. In this American History lesson, 11th graders analyze the attitudes towards blacks in the military during WWI. Students debate the performance of the 92nd division.
A Meeting Of Renaissance Minds
Seventh graders compare and contrast the Italian and Harlem Renaissance periods. Classmates examine the life of historical individuals and assess their contributions and impacts on the respective eras. Students role play individuals from each era, comparing their lives. Pupils discuss the artistic, social and political changes that developed in the two very different eras.
I Hate All . . .
Students examine the concept of prejudice of human beings towards other human beings. They define prejudice and analyze the history of the word, read a U.N. Commission Report on prejudice, and examine textbooks for prejudice.
Black America And the War in Vietnam
Students explore Vietnam War from Afrocentric perspective, examine experiences of black people both at home and in war zone, and write three to five page response to quote by W.E.B. DuBois regarding race relations and Vietnam War.
Culminating Writing Assessment: History
Learners reflect on power, privilege, and standing in American society. In this writing skills lesson, students respond to the question, "If you are denied power, privilege, and equal standings with other Americans, how would you respond?"