Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomCreate small groups of students. From the menu on the left, click African American History. Under Browse Our Online Encyclopedia assign one of the Entries About...(People, Places, etc.) to each small group. Ask students to choose on topic per student in the group from their Entries About. After reading their encyclopedia entry and taking notes with an online tool like Simplenote, reviewed here, have them share the info they learned with their small group. Tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Simple note allows you to access and update across all devices. If you have the time, you could then mix the groups up and have them share what they learned with the new group, thus giving students a little more knowledge about a huge topic: African American History.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomA good resource for teachers to make selections for classroom TV specials, art work and topic ideas.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomHave students read one of the "valley dweller" stories during a lesson on the effects of Revolution and political separation in the colonies. Have students read different stories, or at least choose from one of a few stories, and write a letter based on the reading. Students can write a letter from the perspective of their chosen valley dweller, detailing what life is like to someone not in the immediate area. This is a great way to wrap up a lesson, allowing students to reflect on the days events.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomView video clips with your class on your interactive whiteboard. Share a link with students for use on any project relating to United States presidents or John F Kennedy. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore the site independently or in small groups. Have students choose one speech and create a simple infographic sharing their findings about its themes using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
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