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Circle of Stories . Lesson 3: Record and Preserve Your Family Stories | PBS

Circle of Stories . Lesson 3: Record and Preserve Your Family Stories | PBS | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it

We each have personal recollections of past events, personal memories, and vivid, imaginative accounts of the events of our lives. These memories create a springboard for the stories that will provide us a precious link to our past.

In this activity, students will learn the basics for and the importance of recording their own family history. Students will be the interviewers that seek to learn more about the past. Students will learn about the right questions that will provide insight to their family stories.

Students will research, collect, and share stories that will bring them closer to their heritage while possibly spawning a lifelong interest in genealogy.

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Smithsonian Education - African American Heritage Teaching Resources

Smithsonian Education - African American Heritage Teaching Resources | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
Educational information, activities and resources for educators, families, and students. Educational materials emphasize inquiry based learning with primary sources and museum collections.
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NMAAHC - Education & Tours

NMAAHC - Education & Tours | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it

Teaching Resources from The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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The Making of a Community: Free African Americans in Philadelphia, 1847 | www.hsp.org

The Making of a Community: Free African Americans in Philadelphia, 1847 | www.hsp.org | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
This lesson uses the 1847 Census of the free black community, conducted by the PAS, to understand the demographics of the free black community in antebellum Philadelphia.
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Slavery and the Making of America . For Teachers | PBS

Slavery and the Making of America . For Teachers | PBS | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it

The K-12 Learning portion of the SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA Web site was developed in close concert with American History and Social Studies teachers. A recurring topic from our advisors was to develop projects and activities that help students take on the many different perspectives of people involved in slavery in order to better understand the climate in which slavery existed. This section of the site -- with historical fiction for grades 3-12, Lesson Plans for ages 9-18, primary sources, and a Virtual Museum with contributions from museums across the country and exhibits curated by students -- offers resources we hope you will find valuable for your classrooms.

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NAACP Interactive Timeline Resources | Thinkfinity

Use the NAACP Interactive Timeline in the classroom or at home, and expand your knowledge the milestones, people and events that illustrate the organization's impact on civil rights, science, the arts, law and more.

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Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" | EDSITEment

Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" | EDSITEment | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
Zora Neale Hurston incorporated and transformed black folklife in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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The Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States | EDSITEment

The Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States | EDSITEment | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it

The election of Barack Obama is commonly described as "historic." But what does that term mean? Does the historic character of his election mean different things to different people? Does its meaning depend on the race, age, class, gender, geographic region, or political party of the person using the term? While the most common usage refers to the fact that, for the first time, an African American will be President of the United States, the challenges that he will face both at home and abroad are historic as well: the country is fighting two wars and confronts the most serious financial problems since the Great Depression. This lesson focuses on the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and Obama's election, but it also asks students why they think Barack Obama's election is "historic."

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African-American Soldiers After World War I: Had Race Relations Changed? | EDSITEment

African-American Soldiers After World War I: Had Race Relations Changed? | EDSITEment | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
Students view archival photographs, combine their efforts to comb through a database of more than 2,000 archival newspaper accounts about race relations in the United States, and read newspaper articles written from different points of view about...
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Iron Hill School: An African-American One Room School

Iron Hill School: An African-American One Room School | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
Use this classroom-ready lesson plan to discover how an early 20th-century philanthropist reformed Delaware's education system for African-American children.
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Chicago's Black Metropolis: Understanding History Through a Historic Place

Chicago's Black Metropolis: Understanding History Through a Historic Place | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
Use this classroom-ready lesson plan to examine the history of this 'city-within-a-city', a self-supporting African American community that prospered from the late 19th century until the 1930s.
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When Rice Was King

When Rice Was King | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
Use this classroom-ready lesson plan to investigate how rice plantations transformed the native environment and promoted the South's plantation economy.
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The Transatlantic Slave Trade Lesson Plan

From http://www.inmotionaame.org, this lesson can be used for students studying The Transatlantic Slave Trade. Students will use a variety of resources, including the narrative, The Transatlantic Slave Trade. Students will understand the continuum of history by studying the former slave ports including but not limited to, New Orleans, Charleston, and Richmond. They will study each port's history, and investigate its culture today.

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Smithsonian Folkways - Tools For Teaching

Smithsonian Folkways - Tools For Teaching | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it

Tools for Teaching from Smithsonian Folkways provides ideas and resources for educators to inspire their use of Folkways music from around the world. Information about these sounds and the cultures that create them are a valuable resource to courses in history, geography, language arts, social studies, visual arts-and of course music and dance.


Curricular experience, activities, streaming videos, liner notes, music samples, and other features are available for free.

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Smithsonian Education - Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators

Smithsonian Education - Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
Smithsonian Institution lesson plans in History, Art, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. Search for lesson plans by subject or grade.
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The Underground Railroad @ nationalgeographic.com

From National Geographic: The Underground Railroad affords many educational opportunities. The activities presented here, especially the interactive journey, offer readers an emotional as well as historical experience regarding slavery. The Classroom Ideas are tailored to various age groups. You may prefer to review all of them to see which are most appropriate for your students.

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African American Population Shifts | Discovery Education

African American Population Shifts | Discovery Education | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
Free Economics/U.S. History/Geography lesson plan for grades 6 to 8.
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The Blues . Blues Classroom . Lesson Plans . Blues and African American History | PBS

The Blues . Blues Classroom . Lesson Plans . Blues and African American History | PBS | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it

This lesson enables teachers to use blues music to explore the history of African Americans in the 20th century. By studying the content of blues songs, students can learn about the experiences and struggles of the working-class Southerners who created the music, including the legacies of slavery and the cotton economy in the South, the development of Jim Crow, the Great Migration, and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Let Freedom Ring: The Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. | EDSITEment

Visualize the historic moment of Martin Luther King's stirring "I Have a Dream" speech through text and photographs. See the crowds, hear the words, and let King's powerful imagery awaken your students' thirst for justice in the world today.

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Ordinary People, Ordinary Places: The Civil Rights Movement | EDSITEment

By researching these "ordinary" people and the now historic places where they brought about change, students will discover how the simple act of sitting at a lunch counter in North Carolina could be considered revolutionary, and how, combined with...
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Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series: Removing the Mask | EDSITEment

Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series: Removing the Mask | EDSITEment | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it

Students analyze Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration of the Negro Panel no. 57

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New Kent School and the George W. Watkins School: From Freedom of Choice to Integration

New Kent School and the George W. Watkins School: From Freedom of Choice to Integration | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
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The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: African American Women Unite for Change

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: African American Women Unite for Change | Black History Lesson Plans | Scoop.it
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