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Understand African American Spirituals
Understand African American Spirituals
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Understand African American Spirituals
Spirituals have a long history in the United States, and often serve to strengthen and motivate people. Students will compare three types of spirituals from different time periods and share their understanding with their peers.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
Lesson Plan
A Black History Month Lesson on Peace
In this Black History Month lesson plan, students will explore the similarities between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. This a discussion-based lesson that culminates with the creation of a peace wreath.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Worksheet
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Students read short biographies of pilot Bessie Coleman and astronaut Mae Jemison, each a pioneer in her field. They then practice using a Venn diagram to compare the lives and accomplishments of each woman.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Author Study: Faith Ringgold
Author Study: Faith Ringgold
Lesson Plan
Author Study: Faith Ringgold
This engaging lesson teaches students about the famous author Faith Ringgold. Students will explore two pieces of literature, comparing and contrasting story elements, then write opinion pieces to illustrate which book they liked best.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The History of African American Spirituals
The History of African American Spirituals
Worksheet
The History of African American Spirituals
In the worksheet The History of African American Spirituals, children read about how African Americans used spirituals during different moments in history, starting from their enslavement to the civil rights movement.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Author Study: Jacqueline Woodson
Author Study: Jacqueline Woodson
Lesson Plan
Author Study: Jacqueline Woodson
Students will use their understanding of plot, theme, and comparing and contrasting in this lesson that teaches about an award-winning African American author, Jacqueline Woodson. Students will read some of her fiction books and compare and contrast the stories. They'll also discuss what they think makes Jacqueline Woodson an award-winning author.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan