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Tucson, AZ 85710
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Art, History & Culture
Black History Month Lesson Plans & Ideas
BLACK HISTORY MONTH - can be a wonderful celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made to American history and culture. All too often, however, those contributions are heralded in February but seldom mentioned throughout the rest of the year. Ideally, every month’s history curriculum should include those contributions, but how do you integrate African American history into the curriculum on a regular basis?
Go beyond approaches that marginalize African American history by "shifting the lens" to look at events from new perspectives. For ideas on how to best accomplish this, visit the following websites:
- Black History Month Activities and Lessons
Great resources to help educate students about important historical events and people of African decent.
- Critical Multicultural Pavilion
Black History Month - Elementary Resources
Black History Month - Middle & High School Resources
Brown v. Board of Education
- DiversityCouncil.org - Lesson Plans
Through education, we use our diversity as the foundation to build a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community.
- Teaching with Historic Places -- African American Lesson Plans
Created by National Park Service interpreters, preservation professionals, and educators, these lessons are free and ready for immediate classroom use by students in history and social studies classes.
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Martin Luther King, Jr.
- All About Martin Luther King, Jr.
(for lower grades) Includes MLK Bio, Timeline, Printout MLK Childhood Printout/Activity, MLK Timeline Printout/Quiz, MLK Cloze Printout, MLK Printable Activity Book - Beginning Readers and MLK Printable Activity Book - Fluent Readers.
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
The King Papers Project is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated.
- African American Odyssey
This Library of Congress site showcases the library's collection of rare books, government documents, manuscripts, musical scores, plays, films and recordings related to the African American experience.
- African American Perspectives
A review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900.
- African Studies Guide
Online Africa resources for the classroom research and study.
- The Brown Bookshelf
The Brown Bookshelf is designed to raise awareness of African American literature for children and young adults. The web page showcasess some of the best picture books, middle grade and young adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans.
- ESPER: African Americans on U.S. Stamps
Learn more about Black Americans on stamps, Black American stamp issues and Black American themed stamps.
- "I Will Be Heard" - Abolitionism in America
The site features rare books, manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other materials from Cornell’s pre-eminent anti-slavery and Civil War collections, the exhibition explores the complex history of slavery, resistance, and abolition from the 1700s through 1865.
- In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
Learn about thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation.
- The Internet African-American History Challenge
Features illustrated biographical sketches of 12 notable 19th-century African Americans.
- National Parks and Historic Sites Preserving African American History
Learn more about one of the many NPS sites dedicated to preserving African American heritage.
- PBS: Africans in America
The Web site chronicles the history of racial slavery in the United States -- from the start of the Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the end of the American Civil War in 1865. The Teacher's Guide provides a context for teachers and students to use the Web in and out of the classroom.
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
For secondary teachers who are looking for informational texts or multiple perspectives on historic events, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a research library division within the New York Public Library, which offers links to several databases of African American literature, biographies and resources.
- My Story: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks, "The Mother of the Modern-day Civil Rights Movement," describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helps students understand the importance of every individual citizen in a democracy. Read through her story and then express how you would feel if you were in her situation.
- Rosa Parks Bus
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American seamstress, boarded this Montgomery City bus to go home. On this bus, she initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality.
Slavery and Abolition