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Teaching Black History Month: Creative Ideas & Resources

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Black History Month offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the many remarkable people, events, and accomplishments that have shaped our nation and changed our lives forever.

As you bring new dimension to these powerful milestones, consider ways to go beyond what’s commonly covered to help your students draw more meaningful connections to the materials. Introduce your class to the first African American women to travel to space or dig into the impact of the Harlem Renaissance. Offering new perspectives and experiences will drive deeper cultural understanding and help your students seem themselves in the history.

Black History Month Content Channel


Find everything you need in this comprehensive collection of high-quality content and vetted instructional resources found through our immersive Experience platform. Like this one, each themed channel is carefully curated by Discovery Education curriculum experts, differentiated by grade level, and packed with a wide variety of content types, including videos, images, audio, text, and more.

Grade 9-12 Lesson Starters
PDF  |  Grades 9-12
Take advantage of these unique lesson starters designed to engage older students and kickstart critical thinking. The lesson starters include three grab-n-go strategies for educators, including the SOS strategy “Instagram-in.” This creative exercise encourages critical thinking and active participation by combining concepts from the popular social media tool with videos, discussion questions, and drawing prompts to help guide instruction.

Hidden Figuras: How Mae Jemison Diversified Space
Video [03:42]  |  Grades 6-8, 9-12
Introduce students to Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut to travel to space and one of the most accomplished women of her time—in addition to astronaut, she is also a doctor, engineer, author, and philanthropist! In 1992, Jemison traveled to space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Since then, nine other African American astronauts have followed in her path, only two of them women.

This video is also a part of our new BESE channel, a curated collection of digital resources that recontextualize narratives around how young people connect to today’s America. Founded by actress Zoe Saldana, each series from BESE promotes inclusivity and navigates the American tapestry of cultures, identities, and nations.

Honor the Red Tails
Video [1:04:00]  |  Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Share the incredible true story of the Red Tail Squadron as told by Colonel Charles McGee, one of the last living members of the Tuskegee Airmen. The first part of the program examines the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and showcases the accomplishments of African American pilots during World War II. The video details how the Red Tails fought not only to protect American lives, but to also end segregation and racism in the United States Armed Forces. The second portion of the program features a panel discussion with Colonel McGee and his fellow Tuskegee Airman, Cadet William T. Fauntroy, Jr., as well as Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones, the first woman in the U.S. Army Reserve to reach the esteemed position.

African American History: Achievement in a Hostile Era
Audio [03:35] | Grades 3-5, 6-8
Celebrate the achievements of black advancement and pride at the turn of the twentieth century with this insightful audio clip. From George Washington Carver to ragtime musician Scott Joplin and writer Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the track reviews the accomplishments of African Americans in the arts and sciences while going on to explain the contrasting ideologies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, two leaders who made a lasting difference in American history and culture.

NEW! Curiosity: Rosa Parks
Video [03:50] | Grades K-2, 3-5
One of the newest additions to the Discovery Education Curiosity series, this animated video for younger students expands on the incredible life of Rosa Parks and highlights the many remarkable contributions she made to the civil rights movement. The program shares how Parks fought against segregation and Jim Crow laws as a young woman, made history in 1955 when she refused to give up her bus seat for white passengers, and then continued to stand up for civil rights until her death in 2005 at the age of 92.

 


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