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Curriculum Lessons from An African American Journey, A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States (Elementary and Middle School Lessons)

Teaching Values Through Fables
Students will create a modern fable of their own after analyzing two fables - one African, the other African American.

Stories of Fabric
Introduce the art of telling stories through quilts by examining the work of Harriet Powers. Students will learn about quilting techniques and why Harriet Powers chose quilting as a way to tell stories.

Harriet Tubman
Students will read excerpts from Harriet Tubman’s biography and identify characteristics that a biographer would consider heroic.

History of the Harlem Renaissance   
Students will read about the Harlem Renaissance and write a brief constructed response identifying the Harlem Renaissance and the factors that contributed to its development.

Tom Miller  
Students will learn the characteristics of Miller’s art and create a design for their own piece of art furniture.

Baltimore Uprising Part 1: Causes
Students will identify, explore, and evaluate the immediate and underlying causes of the 2015 Baltimore Uprising.

Triangular Trade
Students will read individual for information in order to examine the history of the Atlantic slave trade, analyze documents in groups to determine the costs and benefits of the slave trade to the nations and peoples involved.

Triangular Trade and the Middle Passage
Students will locate and label the Triangular Trade on a map of the Atlantic Ocean, read for information about a different leg of the trade route and beneforts of that leg to those involved, and write and deliver a speech by a United States senator who wished to abolish the slave trade.

The Portraits of Joshua Johnston
Students will become acquainted with the artwork and painting style or Joshua Johnston and create a family portrait modeled after Johnston's style.

Teaching Values through Fables
Students will analyze two fables - one African, the other African American to explain how fables are used to impart cultural values, then create a modern fable of their own.

Paths to Freedom
Students will investigate the ways in which it was possible for African Americans to obtain their freedom between 1790 and 1850.

Molly Bannaky
Students will use the picture book Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill to learn about the life of indentured servants in colonial Maryland.

Linking Cash Crops to Enslaved Labor in Colonial America
Students will learn how Maryland became a tobacco-producing colony and the importance of enslaved labor for the production of that crop by sequencing the steps involved in growing tobacco during Colonial times. 

Josiah Henson and the Abolitionish Cause
Students will examine the impact of slavery on the life of Josiah Henson and his quest for freedom.

Isaac Myers
Students will read excerpts from primary sources about Isaac Myers in order to determine the contributions that he made to the African American community.

Indentured and Enslaved Labor: Laws Controlling Their Lives, 1600-1700
Students will compare the treatment of indentured servants and enslaved people in colonial Maryland.

History of the Harlem Renaissance
Students will be introduced to the Harlem Renaissance by reading writing a brief constructed response indentifying the Harlem Renaissance.

Harriet Tubman: A Journey to Freedom
Students will examine how the geographic characteristics of the regions where Harriet Tubman lived influenced her life. 

Harlem: All That Jazz and Blues
Students will identify some of the leading African American blues and jazz musicians of the Harlem Renaissance.

Benjamin Banneker: Trailblazer
Students will examine the accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker and put them in perspective. 

Banneker, Jefferson, Declaration of Independance
Students will read letters written by Benjamin Banneker and Thomas Jefferson, from this students will learn that the reality of freedom was different for the two races.