This thematic bundle for African American History Month includes nine
secondary ELA lessons and activities that teach a variety of ELA reading, writing, and grammar skills. Specifically, the bundle includes five paired passages, two nonfiction connections lessons, one speech lesson, and one grammar trashketball game to review sentence structures.
The paired passage and nonfiction connection lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying central ideas across texts. Each lessons guides them through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author; then the before, during, and post-reading strategies help them construct connections between the texts.
The following texts, which are in the Public Domain, are included in the bundle:
We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar, I’m Nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson, Harlem (Dream Deferred) by Langston Hughes, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, Ain’t I a Woman? By Sojourner Truth, excerpt from My Bondage & My Freedom by Frederick Douglass, excerpt from A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, and Mother to Son by Langston Hughes.
In order to respect copyright, online links are provided to the following texts (many of these are available in school texts and anthologies): First Lesson by Philip Booth, Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden, Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou, I’ve Seen the Promised Land by Martin Luther King, Jr., and two articles from The New York Times.
Several lessons culminate in writing tasks that imitate the style of the PARCC prototype. One lesson gives students an opportunity to select a writing activity from a menu of choices. The speech lesson guides students through the writing process as they write a persuasive speech. All of these lessons incorporate all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
These resources include the following:
-explicit lesson plans with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards,
-contextual reading guides
-sample annotation passages,
-poetry analysis graphic organizers,
-literary analysis essay prompts,
-writing activity menus,
-answer keys (detailed responses for all activities and sample essays are provided in the keys, making these valuable substitute lesson plans).
The final activity is a game that helps students review sentence structures including the following: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. The game sentence celebrate the lives and achievements of Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, and Oprah Winfrey. All that you will need is the ability to project a power point presentation, a ball (soft texture), some dark tape, and a trash can.
This bundle includes 164 pages. These lessons will certainly keep your students learning throughout the entire month. Furthermore, because of the text variety, they are also great for differentiating and meeting the needs of diverse learners.
If you have purchased a previous bundle, please check to ensure you are not buying duplicate lessons
. All of these lessons may be purchased separately, too, and you can find them at the links below.
A Rasin in the Sun and Mother to Son
Writing Task Paired Passage: First Lesson & Those Winter Sundays
Writing Task Paired Passage: We Wear the Mask & I'm Nobody!
Writing Task Paired Passage: Ain't I a Woman & Phenomenal Woman
Print Only CC Writing Task Road Not Taken & Harlem
I've Been to the Mountaintop by MLK, Jr.
Frederick Douglass & New York Times Article
To Kill a Mockingbird Nonfiction Connections Lesson
Black History Month Grammar Game