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THE MOMENT

Teaching Black History Month

Black History Month begins Friday! The resources in this edition of The Moment will equip you with relevant teaching tools and suggestions for how to give this critical history the time, attention and depth it deserves.

LEARNING PLAN

Black History Month

  • How do our similarities and differences impact the relationships we have with people inside and outside our own identity groups?
  • What do we gain when we learn about the lived experiences of other people?
  • What are the challenges of celebrating what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • How do we connect in meaningful ways with people who are different from us?
  • What is the relationship between diversity and inequality?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Black History Month

  • How do our similarities and differences impact the relationships we have with people inside and outside our own identity groups?
  • What do we gain when we learn about the lived experiences of other people?
  • What are the challenges of celebrating what we have in common while also honoring our differences?
  • How do we connect in meaningful ways with people who are different from us?
  • What is the relationship between diversity and inequality?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Civics
    History
    Social Justice Domains
    ARTICLE

    Mining the Jewel of Black History Month

    Planning for Black History Month can be authentic without falling into the pitfalls of the “heroes and holidays.” Look for ways to involve the entire school community and teach about the history and experiences of African Americans across the curriculum and throughout the year.
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    Ending Black History Month Right

    This week, Black History Month will come to a close and Women's History Month will begin. Students notice when their history is recognized only during heritage months, so in this edition of The Moment, we're sharing a reminder that it's vital to teach all our history year-round, along with resources to celebrate two trailblazing black women in your classroom.

    ARTICLE

    Four Black History Month Must-Haves

    It’s not too late to put the best practices into place for honoring Black History Month in February and throughout the year.
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    Celebrate Women This Black History Month

    Historian Carter G. Woodson established the first Negro History Week in 1926—a celebration that later became Black History Month. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, a group founded by Woodson, selects a new theme for Black History Month each year. This year’s theme is "Black Women in American Culture and History."
    ARTICLE

    Making Black History Month Memorable

    We asked our 25 Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board members what advice they would offer to fellow educators about Black History Month. Each of these experienced educators offers a wealth of expertise, especially when it comes to bringing multicultural topics into the classroom.