African American History Month Resources for Educators
posted by: Alix | February 16, 2012, 05:00 AM   

February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially recognized the occasion, and interestingly both Canada and the United Kingdom share in devoting the month to celebrating Black history.

To assist students and educators in discussing the topic, free federal resources from various government agencies are available online and are being update all month long. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids on a special webpage just for teachers.

Take a moment to peruse the following:

The Library of Congress

National Archives (“Teaching With Documents”)

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Gallery of Art

National Park Service

  • War for Freedom: African Americans in the Era of the Civil War Each War for Freedom unit guides students to do research with original historic documents, to re-create moments of drama and personal choice, to understand the relevance of the struggle for their own lives, and to synthesize their learning and imagination in creative collaborative projects.
  • Teaching with Historic Places uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom. 
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