Each February the United States — as well as in Canada — pay tribute and celebrate the history and social and cultural contributions of African-Americans. In the United States, Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) and announced the first Negro History Week in 1925. The celebration grew to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, as President Gerald. R Ford urged Americans “to seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” So if you’re looking for ways to celebrate and to teach Black History Month in the classroom, check out these excellent resources below.
Edweek suggests the following to make lessons related to celebrating black history engaging:
- Make it relevant
- Bring black history into every subject
- Teach the tough stuff
- Celebrate black history every month
Click here for more ideas on bringing Black History Month to life inside your classroom.
Need resources to support your teaching? Check out the following sites:
- The Association for the Study of African American Life and History
The ASALH offers teachers articles grounded in theory to support content knowledge
- African American History Month
This government-sponsored website supports teachers with archives of materials, images and lesson plans.
- The National Education Association
The NEA offers lesson materials and lesson plans for teachers based on grade-level.
Scholastic offers teachers lesson plans and resources for the their classroom.
And of course, here are some Quizlet study sets on African-American history you can use today with your students (Quizlet Live, anyone?):
Important Black History Figures
Black History Month Vocabulary
Civil Rights Movement
The Harlem Renaissance
Black Lives Matter Movement
Be sure to @Quizlet on Twitter or Instagram with any of your classroom moments celebrating Black History Month! And, it’s never too early or too late to teach Black History, so @ Quizlet anytime with great lessons!
Image via Flickr user Angela Radulescu