7 (CCSS-Aligned) Ways to Honor Black History Month in Your Classroom

7 Ways to Honor Black History Month

It’s February–which means Black History Month has arrived! Since, at UClass, we’re all about connecting great educators with great content, we want to take this opportunity to share a handful of our favorite resources in honor of African American history.

Check out these hand-picked, Common Core aligned resources and take ’em straight to the classroom! Enjoy!

 1. African American World: Timeline

African American World: Timeline, PBS

Walk through African American history from the 1400s to modern day with this interactive timeline, complete with more than 50 supporting resource links!

Standard(s): RH.6-8.7
Grade Level (s): Grades 6-8

2. Contrasting Philosophies: MLK vs. Malcolm X (Complete Lesson)

Contrasting Philosophies: MLK vs. Malcolm X

Compare and contrast the philosophies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. Enclosed with the teacher lesson plan and student materials is a PowerPoint presentation of images from the era.

Author: Meghan Sullivan, High School French and World History, Ohio
Standard(s): RH.9-10.1, RH.9-10.2
Grade Level (s): Grade 9, Grade 10

3. Nelson Mandela: How He Changed the World (Complete Lesson)

Nelson Mandela: How He Changed the World

Follow the legacy of revolutionary politician and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela, with a comprehensive lesson package including a lesson plan, student materials, videos, and assessments.

Author: Meghan Sullivan, High School French and World History, Ohio
Standard(s): RI.9-10.4, RH.9-10.2, RH.9-10.3
Grade Level (s): Grade 9, Grade 10

4. A Class Divided (Complete Lesson)

A Class Divided

Engage students in an experiment that explores the effects of segregation. This interactive lesson includes includes a supplemental PowerPoint presentation, videos, and reflection questions.

Author: Cynthia Weber, Elementary School, Michigan
Standard(s): SL.1.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.2.1c, SL.2.4
Grade Level (s): Grade 1, Grade 2

5. Ruby Bridges Remembers

Ruby Bridges Remembers

Watch the now-grown Ruby Bridges recount her experience as the first black child attending an all-white elementary school. Along with this student-run video interview is an accompanying nonfiction text, Ruby Bridges Remembers.

Standard(s): CCRA.SL.3
Grade Level (s): Grades K-12

6. Symbolism in The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Symbolism in The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Analyze the symbolism in Langston Hughes’ poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, as you watch this poetic segment of the A Walk Through Harlem video series.

Standard(s): RL.9-10.4
Grade Level (s): Grade 9, Grade 10

7. What Would Harriet Do? (Complete Lesson)

What Would Harriet Do?

Highlight the work of Harriet Tubman and the Human Bill of Rights by asking “What Would Harriet Do?” and using this assembled pack of resources.

Author: Jessica Lura, Middleschool ELA and curriculum administrator, California
Standard(s): RH.6-8.7,RI.8.10, SL.8.4, SL.8.5, WHST.6-8.2, WHST.6-8.8,WHST.6-8.9
Grade Level (s): Grades 6-8

 

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