A few weeks ago, I sent an email to my History/Social Studies department teachers concerning resources they might use in their courses connecting lessons, activities, discussions and more to African American History Month. I wanted to begin a discussion with my colleagues about:
- key topics we’d like to integrate into core and elective courses
- reasons why its important to do so
- what the most effective ways are to do so
Over the last few years, these questions have also been important ones asked by the #sschat team of educators as well. Some of the best are Current Events (1), Current Events (2), Teaching the World Today, Teaching Controversial Topics, Life Changing Lessons, Teaching the Middle East, and Covering Live Events. While its true that we all understand how important it is to develop thinking skills necessary for active citizenship, finding the most effective way to do that is not always easy or apparent. Continued collaboration is so vital for me, as an educator, to find my way through social and moral questions created by my lessons. As a department head, I also want to create a climate where that collaboration is welcomed and sustained.
This year’s official theme for African American History Month is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington“. So here’s some resources and ideas:
- Eyes on the Prize http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/
- Citizen King http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/
- Make It Plain: Malcolm X http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/
- Prince Among Slaves http://www.
- Untold Story of Emmitt Till http://www.
- Two Towns of Jasper (POV) http://www.pbs.org/pov/
- A Class Divided (the famous brown eye/blue eye experiment by Jane Elliot) http://www.pbs.org/
- Slavery and the Making of America http://www.pbs.org/
wnet/slavery/ (excellent site with multiple interactive lessons, resources, and more)
- Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War 2 http://www.
slaverybyanothername.com/ with streaming video here http://www.pbs.org/tpt/ slavery-by-another-name/watch/
- Many of these lesson plans have interactive online components as well as a direct primary source reading. They also contain already made student handouts.
- @Edsitement on Twitter is fully supportive. They respond to tweets almost instantly and are very interested in connecting with history teachers around the world.
- Links are provided here from the National Archives, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, and National Endowment for the Humanities
- Discussion concerning shifting the lens by the University of NC
- Interactive resources from biography.com
- Interactive resources from Scholastic
- Lesson plans and articles from the NYT Learning Network
- Lessons and resources from the NEA
- Resources and collections from the Smithsonian
- This is a 16 page PDF (for those teaching US2) with some great primary sources of images, documents, paintings, political cartoons, maps and more.
- Civil Rights Fights https://soundcloud.com/
- Three Fifths a Man https://soundcloud.com/
- Ida, Booker T and WEB http://www.youtube.com/
- 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments https://soundcloud.
- Reconstruction https://
- The Slavery Question https://soundcloud.
- The Anti-Slavery Movement https://soundcloud.