Lesson Plans (Prek-12) | Lessons
Online Projects: PreK-8 |
PBS and its
sponsors are proud to announce a new program playing February
1-8 in honor of Black History Month. On the website you'll find
profiles of famous African Americans,
Educational Resources and Lesson Plans,
9-12 grade science lessons on DNA), a
video clip introduction to the series and
Profiles include accounts of those who have overcome incredible
odds to make valuable contributions to the world. The profile of
Ben Carson is an excellent one to use with elementary and middle
A keyword search
for African American History finds 121 videos, 283 clips, 100
GREAT calendar events, 100 images, and 85 articles. Most of the
video clips also include lesson plans. If you need more
information about your account, talk to your site librarian or
email Linda Foote.
Lesson Plans (PreK-12 Lessons)
SITEment web site has a large collection of
Civil Rights lesson plans for grades
k-12. You can use a scroll down menu at the top of the page to sort the
lessons by grade level. After choosing your grade level in the pull-down
menu, click display. (In the Subject Navigator Choose: U.S.
History-African American or U.S. History-Civil Rights.)
Recipe for Courage:
(Blackline Master for
a transcript and audio interview with Ruby
Bridges on KPBS
Bridges Official Website
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert
Through My Eyes by
has hosted multiple live chats with Rosa Parks over the years.
You can read transcripts on their site. They also have a photo
journal of her life and many additional resources and lesson
plans as well at a section of their site titled:
"Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights."
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt:
and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
is an excellent book that describes
the challenges faced by a young girl who integrated Little Rock High
School in the 1950's. For lesson plans, resources, a photo
journal of her life, and multiple student led interviews with Melba,
Integrating Central High: The Melba Pattillo Story at
of Congress African~American Odyssey This site is a
digital collection of rare and unique
items related to African American history that are housed in the Library of
Congress. It includes pamphlets, letters, political cartoons, photos,
manuscripts, music, videos, and news articles. In the section on the Civil
Rights Era, issues such as
African~Americans serving in the military and dying for their country, yet
not being allowed equal access are addressed through
political cartoons. Click
on the drawing at the left to see a sample. (Courtesy of Dr. Helma
Harrington) You can also see a page from chapter 10 of the book, Hank
Aaron, titled: "I Was Tired of Being Invisible" describing his
strategy for becoming a record-sitting hitter.
(When the page loads, hold your cursor near the bottom right edge of any
artifact or picture. An icon will appear with four arrows on it. Click on it
and the artifact will enlarge.) On the
introductory page you can read about
the incredible amount of hate mail he received upon breaking Babe Ruth's
famous home run record.
From Slavery to Freedom, The African~American Pamphlet
Collection from 1824-1909
This collection includes
personal accounts, public speeches, legislative speeches, dramas, and
organizational reports. Some of the authors found in this collection are:
Frederick Douglass, Charles Sumner, Mary Church Terrell, and Booker T.
Washington. Another collection of pamphlets valuable to the study of
African~American History can be found at:
African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the
Daniel A.P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907.
An excellent new site with
local source documents for San Diego County has been published:
San Diego African American Heritage Study.
Museum of Photography has an online exhibit entitled:
The Face of Slavery and Other Early Images of
African~Americans that can be used as discussion starters and
The Scholastic Web Site
Culture and Change: Black History in America (Grades k-8)
site has developed a tremendous amount of resources for teachers and
students studying Black history. There are projects, readings, web field
trips, research starters, live interviews, and writing prompts. You can also
read some amazing interviews students have done with Melba Pattillo, one of
the Little Rock Nine, Rosa Parks, or Jackie Robinson's family. For a
teacher's guide that gives an overview
of the various projects with rubrics, class management ideas, grade level
ideas, and other valuable resources,
Software (Grades 9-12)
To access this outstanding software purchased by PUSD, click on
. Contact Linda Foote or your school librarian for
information on your password and login, or check the email sent
to you earlier this year.
Some sample lessons are described below. A search in SASinSchool
for the keywords African American History will bring up a list
of links directly to Literature and Social Science lessons.
Studies > US History> Struggle for Civil Rights>
section has the following components:
of the Supreme Court:
In this web lesson, students analyze important Supreme
Court civil rights cases from the 1850s to the 1990s. They
research and summarize the Court's decisions and their impact on
African Americans and subsequent civil rights events. The class
then creates a PowerPointŪ presentation that profiles the cases
chronologically in order to identify and discuss the evolution of
the Supreme Court's decisions.
In this classroom activity, students explore the methods of
nonviolent protest used by the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s
and 1960s. Small groups of students develop a campaign for a
contemporary civil rights issue, creating a class presentation
that outlines the goals, protest methods, and proposed outcomes of
their social action.
In this project, students research one of six
African-American civil rights organizations and analyze its impact
on the struggle for civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s.
T. Washington and Equality:
In this InterActivity, students use a case study approach to
answer the focus question: Should African Americans follow
Booker T. Washington's advice for achieving equality?
American Autobiography: In
this web lesson, students research the lives of two African
American writers, George Moses Horton and Frederick Douglass. They
analyze selected quotations from their autobiographical works and
discover the external causes and internal motivations that led
Horton and Douglass to become professional writers, despite the
oppressions of slavery.
and Plot in A Raisin in the Sun:
this classroom activity, students transform their classroom
into a stage set and perform scenes from A Raisin in the Sun.
They analyze the elements of dramatic characterization and plot
development as they read, view, and perform scenes from the play.
When they complete their study of the play, students write,
perform, and assess a dramatic dialogue of their own.
Boy by Richard
this project, students read Black Boy by Richard
Wright, create a chart for note-taking purposes, choose from a
list of essay topics, and compose a well-elaborated essay.
Students conclude their study with a classroom presentation that
reveals their response to their reading and the author's literary
American Quest: Overview:
this InterActivity, students complete learning steps that
prepare for an assessment activity, either a written literary
analysis or notes for a group discussion. African American Quest
introduces students to the culture, themes, and stylistic
devices associated with African American literature. In the
opening Focus section, students examine images and respond to
questions that prepare for reading. In the Explore section,
students read and may listen to short quotations by Frederick
Douglass, Pauline Hopkins, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes,
Richard Wright, Eldridge Cleaver, and Lucille Clifton.
Interpretive aids help students analyze themes and stylistic
devices in these
passages. In Respond, students apply their learning in an
independent analysis of James Baldwin's "Letter to My