The History of Jazz - An African American Heritage Month Lesson
Students learn the historical development of jazz music. This multidisciplinary unit incorporates a variety of cultures that have impacted the arts.
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The Palm of My Heart: Poetry By African American Children
Elementary students explore African American culture by reading children's poetry. They read the book, The Palm of My Heart which features poetry by an assortment of young African American boys and girls. Students define several...
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
A Life in Beads: The Stories a Plains Dress Can Tell
Young learners discover how the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes preserved native culture through the making of traditional dresses, identifying the resources used to make the dresses and discussing behind the meaning behind some American...
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Native Americans in Arkansas: The Quapaw
The Quapaw Indians of Arkansas are the focus of this American history lesson. Learners discover many aspects of the Quapaw culture, such as their dwellings, social organization, food, and how the tribe was eventually driven out of...
2nd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts
Literature and Art Through Our Eyes: African-American Artists
Examine the contributions of African-Americans in the worlds of art and literature. Over the course of a few days, young scholars will read and analyze a poem, a short story, and a piece of art. They complete a range of...
3rd - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts
How Do Artists Effectively Relate Historic Events?
Students explore African American migration. In this black culture and history lesson, students use a map to identify northern and southern states in which African Americans lived in the 1900s. Students observe and describe objects and...
2nd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Honor African American Leaders
Students research people of African descent, identify the person's achievements and contributions made to society. Afterward, they draw a sketch of the person researched, and write a summary of their findings. Students include important...
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Students research Sojourner Truth. In this African American history lesson, students discuss the life and cabinet card of Sojourner Truth. They replicate her card with one that shows the mood and activities of their own life.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History
History of African-American Music
Students are introduced to African-American music history through this instructional activity. They begin their study by taking a look at the slave work song and work their way through to modern rap and hip-hop. Students also take a...
K - 8th Visual & Performing Arts