African American History Unit - Following The North Star

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Study African American history through a series of read-a-louds, and writing assignments. This unit is positive, as it focuses on the perseverance and dedication of both the abolitionist, and civil rights movements. The read-a-louds include historical fiction, non-fiction, and biographies.

At the end of this African American history unit students will have studied the slavery period, the abolitionist movement, the civil war, segregation, and the civil rights movement. The unit includes discussions to clear up students' common misconceptions around black history. This unit is a great way to celebrate African American history month.

A quick trip to the library will insure that you have all the read-a-louds needed for this unit. The books used in this unit are as follows:

"Up The Learning Tree" by Marcia Vaughan

"Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman" by Alan Shroeder

"Amistad Rising - A Story of Freedom" by Veronica Chambers

"Pink and Say" by Patricia Polacco

"If a Bus Could Talk" by Faith Ringgold

"Martin's Big Words" by Doreen Rappaport

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36 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.


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