Monday, February 6, 2012

Black History Month: Children's Books and Unit Studies on Slavery

Underground RailRoad Sculpture - Battle Creek

February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada—and it’s a great time to educate your kids about the history of African Americans in the U.S. Sometimes we have a tendency to skip over or minimize the painful parts of U.S. history, especially the treatment of non-whites, including Native Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. As author and historian David McCullough says, “A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia.”

If you would prefer to explore the lives of African Americans post-slavery, check out all the offerings at Teacher Vision. You’ll find dozens of resources, including teaching guides, printable books and coloring pages on famous African Americans, from George Washington Carver to Jackie Robinson to Martin Luther King Jr. You could spend weeks on this site alone!

But I think perhaps the best place to start is with the history of slavery in the United States. From lapbooks to books to internet explorations, below you’ll find a list of some excellent resources for studying slavery. …

{Come on over to The Homeschool Classroom to check out my list of resources, including lapbooks and read-alouds, for studying slavery!}


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