Blogs tagged "abolitionists"

Celebrate African American History Month

The plaque in front of August Wilson’s childhood home
This month, in honor of African American History, we offer several new and classic suggestions for teachers looking to incorporate the best open-source—i.e., free—digital humanities resources on history and literature into their classrooms. These resources, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, bridge the gap between the expanding academic scholarship of the black experience and the need for this history to be more widely taught at the K–12 level.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Constitution Day and the Second Founding

Howard Chandler Christy's painting, signing of the United States Constitutution
Just as students and teachers are adapting to the demands and delights of the new school year, they are asked to learn about a document written 229 years ago that still impacts their lives. September 17, the day the framers signed their draft of the U.S. Constitution, has long been celebrated, but it is only since 2004 that there has been a mandate that every U.S. educational institution that receives federal funds should offer “an educational program” on it.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

What Makes the Declaration Foundational?

One of the more thought provoking of the Common Core State Standards, and at the same time, one that may give ELA teachers some anxiety is:Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

10 Outstanding Historical Documentaries on Civil Rights

Freedom Riders bus burning
Now more than ever, teachers are looking to find excellent African American primary sources in all media. Riveting historical films from the long history of slavery, race and the struggle for civil rights, such as 12 Years a Slave and Selma, are pretty much the first choice for those who want to engage students.Read More »
Categories Heritage Months

NEH’s Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

"Selma to Montgomery Marches"
Five state-of-the-art documentary films are the centerpiece of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Web project, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings