Deepen and Broaden African Studies in the Classroom

Robin McLennon, Reading, Social Studies, Davidson Elementary School

Final Unit (PDF)

Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)

200 Word Synopsis

The rational for developing this unit is to lead elementary age students to a deeper understanding of the struggle for equal rights.  The exposure to the Civil Rights Era through literature will make students aware of the struggles of the past and remind them that in many ways the struggle continues.  It is the objective to not only remind the students of sadness, but also of happiness, triumph, and most of all bravery.

This unit will explore topics like racial bias, respectfulness, social conflict, and resolution.  An integral part of the unit will be to incorporate children’s literature to help students understand the Civil Rights Era.  Students will read historical fiction, and realistic fiction to better comprehend what it was like to live in that era.  They will learn, that based on a person’s life experiences certain events can be interpreted differently.  Through poetry students will be able to celebrate their differences and similarities.

At the completion of the unit students will be able to explain the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  Connect the Civil Rights Movement to their own lives through writing, and connect with poetry  through writing and drawing.