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African-American History

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African and African American Art History: Visual Arts Curriculum for High School Ceramics Classes
Indigenous plants and animals are often depicted in African Art and may function as symbols that are important to the artist’s culture. Students will understand why African artists chose various animals and plants as subjects for their art and translate those ideas and influences in creating their own original art.
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 1, 6, and 7
Grade Level(s): 9th - 12th


The Influence of the African American Dance Artists on the Development of the 20th Century Concert Dance
Students will understand how the African American Performers and Choreographers contributed toward and furthered the development of the 20th Century concert dance.
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 5, 6, and 7
Grade Level(s): 9th - 12th

Culinary: Foods of Africa
Students will learn about the role of culinary arts in preserving and paying homage to the collective black culinary heritage through student research, interactive demonstrations, and recipe creation. Additionally, students will gain a better understanding of the foods from different regions of Africa and will be able to create traditional recipes.
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 4, 6, and 7
Grade Level(s): 6th - 12th

History in Hip Hop: Plot/Character Development and Allusion
Students will evaluate the allusions used within various genres of music and will compare/contrast the characters/events mentioned through the synthesis of various articles.
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 6 and 7
Grade Level(s): 11th


“Acceptance Speech” Nobel Peace Prize
Students will make an evidence based claim using Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech.
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 5
Grade Level(s): 10th

African Influences on Modern Math Concepts
This lesson will connect students to a multicultural experience within the given framework of the content area(s) in which they are being instructed. This unit focuses on the mathematical concepts seen in ancient African culture that have been refined through the ages to what is common place in today’s Algebra based classrooms. Each lesson in this unit is designed to enhance the student learning experience and give a frame of reference to key concepts which enable students to connect with authentic practices, language, and imagery from African history.
Additional Resources:
Algebra Activities from Many Cultures - Beatrice Lumpkin - Google Books
Multicultural Science and Math Connections
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 1 and 7
Grade Level(s): 9th

The African Sound: Music of Ancient Africa
Students will understand the origins and influences of music and instruments of ancient Africa found within the varying eras of both "classical" music genres and contemporary music practices.
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 1 and 7
Grade Level(s): 9th - 12th

The Civil Rights Movement
Students will understand the civil right movements and the events that lead to civil rights act of 1968.
Additional Resources:
Early Civil Rights Powerpoint
The Civil Rights Movement Powerpoint
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 5, 6, and 7
Grade Level(s): 11th and 12th

The Past to Present: Deaf African American Contributors in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
Students will be able to perform, create signs and understand the history which shows the connections between Deaf African American contributors.
African and African American Studies Principle(s): 6 and 7
Grade Level(s): 9th - 12th

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