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Black History Curriculum


"Created For Students, By Students!"

Introduce your students to recent Black History that focuses on the 1980s through 2010s in a variety of texts, including nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. These reading texts cover a variety of topics, from Florence Griffith Joyner to Hurricane Katrina to Shirley Ann Jackson. As these topics were selected and written by students, they are engaging while still meeting Common Core Standards.

These reading passages are perfect for: warm-up, bell work, homework, or teacher-led instruction. Students can also use it independently in literacy groups and guided reading groups.

A variety of learning activities are included - written response, dialectical journaling, Venn diagrams, gallery walks, word cafes, and art projects.

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Topics Covered Include

  • 1980s - The 1980 Miami Riot, The Case of Robert Lee Stinson, Burning Homes (fiction), Florence Griffith Joyner: Fastest Woman to Ever Live

  • 1990s - Watts Truce of South Central Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Rebellion of South Central Los Angeles

  • 2000s - Hurricane Katrina, Gentrification (poetry)

  • 2010s - Colin Kaepernick's Kneel, The CROWN Act

  • 2020s - Who is Shirley Ann Jackson?, Black Youth Movement

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