African Novel Study
Seventh graders participate in literature circles as they read African novels. They read, work on word studies, and complete comprehension activities. They share their reading with other literature circle groups in the class.
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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
Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide
Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Guide to Teaching Challenged and Banned Books
Banned Books Week, celebrated the last week of September, is a great time to consider the question of censorship and book banning. This 11-page packet uses the novels of Chris Crutcher to launch an investigation of book banning, First...
5th - 12th English Language Arts
10 Ideas for Teaching Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month with the help of 10 ideas that delve deep into the history, major events, contributions, famous African Americans, and sheds light on how scholars today can take a proactive stance on current civil rights...
K - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Comparing Slave Trades: A Study of the Transatlantic and Trans-Saharan Slave Trades
While most people are familiar with the transatlantic slave trade, there is less knowledge of another major external African slave trade in world history: the trans-Saharan slave trade. Pupils work in groups to read informational texts...
6th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The First African American Regiment
Young historians examine a memorial sculpture of the first African American regiment in the Civil War, and then compare how the experiences of the regiment are portrayed in letters and poetry, as well as in the motion picture, Glory.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Historical Fiction Book Talks
After each learner reads a historical fiction book of their choice, they prepare a book talk audio podcast to encourage other classes to read it. They cover characters, plot points (without giving away the conflict's resolution), and the...
5th - 7th 21st Century Skills