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Anacostia Community Museum
Main website of Anacostia Community Museum Center for African American History and Culture, a national center for exhibitions, research, historical documentation, collecting, and educational programs relating to African American history and culture and the African Diaspora in the Americas.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Lesson plan has students study portraits of famous African Americans in history, explain the social and political impact of each portrait sitter, and discuss what it means to take a stand. Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African Americans in Air and Space History
Guided tour exploring the achievements of pioneering African American pilots and astronauts.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: “Blacks in the Westward Movement,” “What Can You Do with a Portrait?” and “Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass” (1976)
Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Document Detective
Lesson has students practice using primary sources to learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad by analyzing newspaper advertisements regarding runaway slaves. Part of the resource “Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The Amistad Case
Webpage presenting the story of the slave uprising on the ship Amistad and points readers toward portraits related to the event.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Art and Life of William H. Johnson
Students examine works by African American painter William H. Johnson to learn about his milieu as well as his style. This set of lessons is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Younger students list the elements of the pictures, identifying colors and shapes and such objects as farm equipment, crops, and animals. Older students compare Johnson’s work with that of painter Allan Rohan Crite.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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To March or Not to March
Activity guide has students pretend to be an American living in 1963 who decides whether or not to join the March on Washington. Children base their choice on information gathered through guided observation of a handbill from the march. Part of the resource “Martin's Big Words.” Targets grades 3-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Art to Zoo: Life in the “Promised Land”: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940 (1990)
Lesson plan introducing students to the experience of African Americans who migrated from the rural South to the urban North between the world wars. Students write an article or essay based on an interview with a friend or family member with a migration experience.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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African Americans in Aviation: The 1940’s – A Decade of Change
Teaching poster challenging students to analyze primary documents related to the struggles of African Americans to gain equal opportunity in the field of aviation.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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