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An African American Journey: A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States is a teacher’s resource guide developed by the museum and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). This resource guide for grades 4-8 offers 43 lessons on social studies, language arts and the fine arts that highlight the contributions of African Americans in Maryland and the nation. The museum and MSDE are finalizing high school lessons.
Elementary and Middle School
View sample lessons and download them, including a lesson on the Baltimore Uprising of 2015. To obtain a full copy, please contact the education department at 443-263-1829 or click here to email a request for a full copy of the curriculum.
View sample lessons and download them from the Maryland State Department of Education website.
Lessons Connected to Our Exhibitions
The Kinsey Collection, spans 400 years of African American history and culture, including an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. View lessons built around pieces in the collection here (79mb). This exhibition has left the museum.
Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World is a collection of early 20th-century portraits of African Americans by artist Ruth Starr Rose, documenting the daily life and spiritual beliefs of one of the nation’s oldest black communities in Talbot County, Maryland. With support from the Maryland Humanities Council, six integrated art lessons (grades 3-12) were developed by educators from Anne Arundel and Talbot County Public Schools. These lessons can be integrated into daily instructional planning.
You can learn about our menu of school tours; theatrical performances in our theater for school groups about prominent African Americans; and other opportunities for students by visiting the School Tours and Programs page. You may also doownload a copy of the 2016-2017 School Program Guide by clicking here.
Funding for Field Trips
The museum offers funding on a first-come, first-served basis to both public and private/parochial schools. For private/parochial schools, up to $500 is available to cover the cost of two school buses to the museum or museum admission for up to 60 students. Alternatively, the funding may be applied towards one of the museum's in-school programs. You may view the in-school programs by visiting the School Tours and Programs page. Please click here to email a request for funding for your private/parochial school. Currently, funding is no longer available for public schools.
The Museum offers Maryland educators professional development classes earning recertification credits exploring the curriculum, An African American Journey. These courses will utilize curriculum lessons and strategies for teaching African American history in the classroom. Maryland educators will earn one credit towards teacher recertification upon completing the course. Course offerings comply with State Curriculum Standards. To register for a course, please call the education department at 443-263-1829 or click here to request the registration form by email.
The African American Experience: Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1900)
Date : October 21, October 29, and November 5, 2016, Time: 9am to 2pm
This course will explore African American involvement in the Civil War and Reconstruction. This course will include content lectures, interactive instruction and living history re-enactments. Continental breakfast and parking validation available. To register please call 443-263-1829 or click here to send an email.
MSDE Credit Earned: 1 credit hours
Using Historical Inquiry to Teach the Civil Rights Movement (1946-1968)
Date: March 18, 25 and April 1, 2017, Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Examine lessons on the Civil Rights Movement from the MSDE/RFLM curriculum in order to teach historical inquiry about the movement. Lessons will address Maryalnd College and Career-Ready Standards. Participants will recieve content, lectures and interactive instruction from experts on the subject. Continental breakfast and parking validation available. To register please contact 443-263-1829 or click here to send an email.
MSDE Credit Earned: 1 credit hour