Don't miss Mining the Jewel of Black History, one teacher's personal account of how she did Black History Month "all wrong". It highlights many mistakes we are all guilty of. I love how she is so open and tells you how she revamped her program. It underscores the importance of making Black History Month deeper than just the "heroes". A thoughtful discussion which will have you questioning your Black History Month topics, resources and how you choose to present your program to your students.
After 40 years of celebrating Black History Month, this article questions the relevance. Is it still important to celebrate Black History Month? Should it be retired or refreshed? A controversial topic, with both sides presented. Something to get you thinking and discuss with your colleagues.
A powerful talk about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Uplifting and draws you in with her engaging style. An eloquent speaker, you will want to tune into the important message that Awele Makeba delivers.
This is one of my favorite art activities to do with my class during Black History Month. I love weaving the arts throughout my language program. In this lesson students have the opportunity to analyze Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, as well as artist, Jacob Lawrence's famous Harriet Tubman series. Students take this information and apply it to develop their own message and dreams for the future in their pastel art. Many opportunities for thoughtful class discussions.
This cross-curricular lesson is appropriate for grades K-4, and incorporates drama, music, visual arts, language arts, and social studies. Students will learn about musicians who were influential during the Harlem Renaissance which took place from 1918 through the mid-1930's.
Although this lesson was originally designed for students with learning disabilities I feel it is applicable to mainstream classrooms. This lesson uses video clips to convey difficult concepts in an easy to understand way. Students have lots of opportunity for rich discussion as they define discrimination, and explore the idea of fair vs. unfair. If you are looking for a simplified way to explain these topics, this lesson plan is for you!
Integrating technology is a proven method of increasing student engagement. Social media is a huge draw for kids. In this activity students are tasked with creating an instagram feed for Martin Luther King Jr. This activity is very versatile and can be used for any influential American while lending itself to a variety of subject areas. Instagram graphic organizers are available online for planning purposes.
In this interactive story, told from the point of view from a slave, students have the opportunity to travel along the Underground Railroad. Topics covered: the plantation, escape, reaching safety and reaching freedom. A teacher's guide is included with many activities. Features include the option to read or listen to the text read aloud, click on pictures and get more information, reading comprehension questions and more. Can be used as a whole class activity or a center.