“Black History Time Capsules” are designed to be used as supplemental materials alongside the Social Studies curriculum. When Black history is included, students are presented with surface level information about the same people year after year. These packets include primary sources, biographies, historical facts, quotes, and pictures to bring Black history to life. Activities include critical thinking questions and written responses to develop close reading skills (prediction, text analysis, inference, cause and effect, etc.). “Stop & Think” questions are woven throughout the packets to encourage deep thinking and conversations between students as they interact with the texts. These packets can be used for small groups and whole group instruction. If done daily, each “Black History Time Capsule” can be covered in a week.
At the end of each packet, there is a summative assessment with five text-based comprehension questions. Included with every packet is a “Teacher Resource Guide” that includes information about books, websites, and videos that can be used to enhance the information presented in the packets.
With “Black History Time Capsules”, the histories of Blacks in America do not have to be limited to one month of the year! Oftentimes, the lives, achievements, and contributions of Black Americans are left out of the Social Studies curriculum. Classrooms are diverse learning communities and we, as teachers, must supplement the curriculum to be more culturally-relevant and engaging.
Black History Time Capsules Packets:
Black History Time Capsules: Slavery in the United States
Black History Time Capsules: The Harlem Renaissance
Black History Time Capsules: African Americans in World War II
Black History Time Capsules: The Civil Rights Movement
Black History Time Capsules Bundle
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