African American Education in Virginia During the Jim Crow Era
Students read and analyze a letter writtine by Dolley Madison. They evaluate a cartoon. They evaluate portraits of Dolley and James Madison. They create an earlier version of the original letter based on the information they have gathered.
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"The Real McCoy:" African American Inventors in History
Class members research African American inventors, the challenges they faced in their attempts to patent their works, and the importance of their inventions to the development of technology. After a brief introduction to inventors Elijah...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Celebrating African American/Black Leaders in History: Their Religions and Their Legacy
Kick start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
African American Pioneers in Aviation
Bessie Coleman. William Powell. Willa Brown. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. While these names may not be familiar to many Americans, they are African American pioneers in aviation history. Class members have an opportunity to research the...
6th - 9th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
African American Involvement in World War II
What was the role of African Americans in World War II? How were these roles influenced by and manipulated by racial attitudes of the 1930s and 1940s? Class groups locate and analyze primary source materials before using GoogleDocs or...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
African Americans in Revolutionary Times
How did black Americans contribute to colonial society in the United States and make active choices to exert some control over their lives as slaves? Explore the often overlooked yet incredibly important roles of Africans and African...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Jim Crow and Voting Rights
Class groups examine primary source documents to determine how the voting rights of African Americans were restricted after the failure of Reconstruction, and how African American participation in World War II lead to change.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review An Introduction to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow
Is the War on Drugs responsible for the inordinate number of black Americans sent to prison for non-violent drug offensives? That's MIchelle Alexander's contention in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of...
4 mins 9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Impact of the Jim Crow Era on Education, 1877–1930s
Even though American slaves were officially emancipated in 1865, the effects of slavery perpetuated throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Middle and high schoolers learn about the ways that discrimination and the Jim Crow laws...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review African American History: Honored as Heroes
To gain an understanding of the treatment of African American soldiers during World War I, class members watch an excerpt from the History Detectives film, Our Colored Heroes, and then examine three recruitment posters from that time...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed