Race in Her Lifetime

Imagine what it was like to grow up as a young black woman in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the 1920s. Class members have an opportunity to see life from this perspective as they listen to a series of interviews with Rebecca Clark. Through these oral histories, pupils learn about the discrimination African Americans experienced and the struggles they faced.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • If class members are new to examining primary sources, conduct a model lesson using the reading guide included in the materials section of the resource
  • Encourage class members to create a family website where they can post oral histories of family members
Classroom Considerations

  • A protocol must be in place for a safe, respectful discussion of the issues raised by the lesson
  • Some class members may not have extended families; therefore, decide how you will provide resources for these individuals
  • Requires considerable prep time including previewing the various teacher guides, copying transcripts, and ensuring all class members have access to computers and earphones
  • Assumes learners are familiar with the oral history format and know how to draw inferences from the speaker's comments
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Include a link to a step-by-step guide for examining primary sources as well as links to all required materials

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