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PBS LearningMedia Resources Give Depth to Black History Month Lessons

January 31, 2016 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Bordentown School photo of students

Add depth and dimension to your Black History Month lessons with an amazing collection of resources available in PBS LearningMedia, highlighting key events, movements, and traditions as well as notable leaders, poets, and musicians.

Oral History

Why is oral history important to remembering and learning from the past? How can hearing the stories of individuals help us better understand the experience and effects of segregation? In this lesson based on the PBS film, "A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School,” students compare ideas and information from various sources to understand how oral histories contribute to our understanding of segregation. Students then conduct their own interviews to further their understanding of individual experiences during segregation.

Founded in 1886, the Bordentown School was an educational utopia and incubator for African American pride and intellect. It taught values, discipline, and life skills to generations of black children. In the accompanying videos, students will learn the story of that remarkable school, as told through the recollections of Bordentown alumni, commentary by historians, and rare archival footage. WATCH: http://to.pbs.org/20jRL02

 

Maya Angelou

“Here on the pulse of this new day

You may have the grace to look up and out

And into your sister’s eyes, into

Your brother’s face, your country

And say simply

Very simply

With hope

Good morning.”

– “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou

On May 28, 2014, Renaissance woman and civil rights activist Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. She read one of her most famous poems, "On the Pulse of the Morning" at the inauguration of President Clinton in 1993.

Angelou’s talent was not defined by just one medium. Throughout her life, she was a poet, novelist, dancer, playwright, actor and educator. She has written autobiographies, poems, children’s books, essays, plays and screenplays. Angelou has been awarded more than 50 honorary degrees and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama. In this lesson from PBS NewsHour Extra, students learn more about her extraordinary life. LESSON: http://to.pbs.org/1QqieWV

Supported by ETV, PBS LearningMedia offers teachers more than 100,000 videos, images, interactives, lesson plans and articles drawn from critically acclaimed PBS programs and from expert content contributors like The National Archives and NASA. Educators in South Carolina are invited to sign up at http://scetv.pbslearningmedia.org.

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