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Contributions of African Americans (Act 561)

Resources for Historical Contributions Made by African-Americans (Act 561)

The following links provide lessons and resources for the teaching of historical contributions made by African-Americans in the United States and in other countries prior to the establishment of the United States. They are organized into grade-level bands. 

 

K-5 Lesson Plans

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The Legend of Bass Reeves This 3-6 lesson plan connects to the novel, The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

 

Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project contains a specific page on the website for grades K-2 and grades 3-5 lesson plans based on Dr. King documents.

Education World

Education World contains several lesson plans including activities that teach skills necessary for social studies (e.g., fact or opinion). This site contains five lessons four of which are appropriate for grades 3-8.

National Education Association(NEA)

This NEA page contains two grades K-2 and two grades 3-5 lesson plans on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for educators to use in the classroom.

 

K-5 Additional Resources

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The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project includes classroom resources based on Dr. King documents as well as a very helpful “Teaching King” bibliography.

teAchnology

teAchnology, an online Teacher Resource center, contains several free worksheets on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for use in the elementary classroom.

National Education Association(NEA)

This NEA page contains several resources for grades K-2  and grades 3-5. The resources include activities, background information, printables, videos, and additional websites.   

The Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr.

42eXplore website has numerous resources on MLK, Jr. The abundant resources include websites and projects available for various grades and ability levels. Links to specific activities and resources are accessible.

Apples 4 the Teacher

This website contains Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day printables and worksheets for use in the classroom or in creating a unit of study on Dr. King. Online activities and many resources including games and trivia are available for download.

EVERFI The 306: African-American History digital course brings to life a number of the important leaders and events whose impact changed the fabric of American life.  The site includes timelines, activities, assessments, and supplemental materials for teachers to use in the classroom.
Key Arkansans in the Civil Rights Movement
With over 5,000 fact-checked entries, the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas (EOA) by the Central Arkansas Library System is a teacher’s first stop for background information on all topics in Arkansas history and culture.
 
To find online resources for Act 561, the best place to begin is with the overview entry, Civil Rights and Social Change, summarizing civil rights history in Arkansas from the end of the Civil War to the present. This one article includes over 30 media images, along with links to 130 related articles about persons, groups, places, events, laws, and landmark court cases named in the entry.
 
In addition, there are currently more than 400 other entries in the EOA under the category heading of Civil Rights and Social Change, and these are further indexed by sub-categories of issues, which can be found in the Key Arkansans in the Civil Rights Movement document linked in the left column.
 

 

6-8 Lesson Plans

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The Legend of Bass Reeves This 3-6 lesson plan connects to the novel, The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project contains a specific page on the website for the following grades 6-8 lesson plans:

Education World

Education World contains several lesson plans including activities that teach skills necessary for social studies (e.g., fact or opinion). This site contains five lessons four of which are appropriate for grades 3-8.

National Education Association(NEA)

This NEA page contains three grades 6-8 lesson plans on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for educators to use in the classroom.

National Park Service (NPS)

The NPS has created lessons to be used in American history course units of study on the civil rights movement. The lessons include reference materials, historical documents, photos, and many other useful resources.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

This NPS cross-curricular plan for 8th grade social studies and English language arts encourages students to explore the legal status of blacks in Georgia when students were born in contrast to Dr. King’s birth-year.

Library of Congress (LOC)

The LOC has several teacher lesson plans on African-American History. The lessons contain overviews, resources, and activities.

 

6-8 Additional Resources

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Seattle Times resources

Dr. King’s role and impact in shaping America is examined on the Seattle Times resource page which includes a timeline, photo gallery, excerpts of speeches, and newspaper articles for use in the classroom.  

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project includes classroom resources based on King documents, as well as a very helpful “Teaching King” bibliography.

teAchnology

teAchnology, an online Teacher Resource center, contains several free worksheets on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for use in the middle school classroom.

National Education Association(NEA)

This NEA page contains several resources for grades 6-8. The resources include activities, background information, printables, videos, and additional websites.  

National Park Service: Civil Rights in America

The National Park Service (NPS) page includes parks, photos, memorials, biographies, and multimedia news clips tracing the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education

The Smithsonian Institute website includes educational materials for teachers, parents, and students. It includes a bibliography, timeline, teacher guide, electronic field trips, and other resources.

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

The Butler Center has the largest online collection of materials relating to the history of African-Americans in Arkansas. Most of these lessons are all inclusive containing primary sources, links to specific documents, photographs, and oral histories. Lessons specifically about Arkansas African Americans can be accessed below.

Library of Congress (LOC)

The LOC contains numerous photographs, maps, newspaper articles, and multimedia clips on the Civil Rights movement and Civil Rights leaders.

Key Arkansans in the Civil Rights Movement
With over 5,000 fact-checked entries, the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas (EOA) by the Central Arkansas Library System is a teacher’s first stop for background information on all topics in Arkansas history and culture.
 
To find online resources for Act 561, the best place to begin is with the overview entry, Civil Rights and Social Change, summarizing civil rights history in Arkansas from the end of the Civil War to the present. This one article includes over 30 media images, along with links to 130 related articles about persons, groups, places, events, laws, and landmark court cases named in the entry.
 
In addition, there are currently more than 400 other entries in the EOA under the category heading of Civil Rights and Social Change, and these are further indexed by sub-categories of issues, which can be found in the Key Arkansans in the Civil Rights Movement document linked in the left column.

 

9-12 Lesson Plans

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Description

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project contains a specific page on the website for the following grades 9-12 lesson plans:

Education World

Education World contains several lesson plans two of which are appropriate for grades 9-12.

National Education Association(NEA

This NEA page contains two grades 9-12 lesson plans on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for educators to use in the classroom.

National Park Service (NPS)

The NPS has created lessons to be used in American history course units of study on the civil rights movement. The lessons include reference materials, historical documents, photos, and many other useful resources.

Library of Congress (LOC)

The LOC has several teacher lesson plans on African-American History. The lessons contain overviews, resources, and activities.

C3 Teachers AR Inquiry Toolkit

“Is it ever too late for justice?” is the compelling question of this grade 11 inquiry written by AR teacher Lisa Lacefield. It explores the murder of Emmett Till taking students through supporting questions, formative tasks, and sources to bring the past into the present. Using the Inquiry Design Template (IDM), it is aligned to C3 dimensions and AR Social Studies Standards.  

New York C3 Hub

 

“What made nonviolent protest effective during the Civil Rights Movement?” is the compelling question of this grade 9-12 inquiry on the impact of the Greensboro sit-in-protest, the Montgomery bus boycott, the Birmingham campaign, and the Selma to Montgomery marches. Using the Inquiry Design Template (IDM), it is aligned to C3 dimensions and NY Social Studies Standards.  

 

9-12 Additional Resources

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Seattle Times resources

Dr. King’s role and impact in shaping America is examined in the Seattle Times resource page which includes a timeline, photo gallery, excerpts of speeches, and newspaper articles for use in the classroom.  

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute

Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project includes classroom resources based on King documents, as well as a very helpful “Teaching King” bibliography.

teAchnology

teAchnology, an online Teacher Resource center, contains several free worksheets on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for use in the classroom.

National Education Association(NEA

This NEA page contains several resources for grades 9-12. The resources include activities, background information, printables, videos, and additional websites.  

National Park Service: Civil Rights in America

The NPS page includes parks, photos, memorials, biographies, and multimedia news clips tracing the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education

The Smithsonian Institute website includes educational materials for teachers, parents, and students. It includes a bibliography, timeline, teacher guide, electronic field trips, and other resources.

Library of Congress (LOC)

The LOC contains numerous photographs, maps, newspaper articles, multimedia clips on the Civil Rights movement and Civil Rights leaders.

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

The Butler Center has the largest online collection of materials relating to the history of African-Americans in Arkansas. Most of these lessons are all inclusive containing primary sources, links to specific documents, photographs, and oral histories. Lessons specifically about Arkansas African Americans can be accessed below.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas(EOA)

The EOA is a searchable database containing numerous primary sources specific to AR and the civil rights movement. This is a great resource for educators and students doing research or creating a unit of study.

History.com

Browse the lists of trending topics for information and resources on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr., A. Philip Randolph,Fannie Lou HamerFreedom Riders, Freedom Summer, and more.  Numerous videos and audios for classroom use including Robert Kennedy’s announcement of the assassination of Dr. King and Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech are available.

Crossroads to Freedom

This website contains primary source documents and oral histories of the Civil Rights era in Memphis. The collection  includes documents from the Hill Foundation pertaining to the desegregation of the Hoxie school district in eastern Arkansas and Hearings before the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Key Arkansans in the Civil Rights Movement
With over 5,000 fact-checked entries, the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas (EOA) by the Central Arkansas Library System is a teacher’s first stop for background information on all topics in Arkansas history and culture.
 
To find online resources for Act 561, the best place to begin is with the overview entry, Civil Rights and Social Change, summarizing civil rights history in Arkansas from the end of the Civil War to the present. This one article includes over 30 media images, along with links to 130 related articles about persons, groups, places, events, laws, and landmark court cases named in the entry.
 
In addition, there are currently more than 400 other entries in the EOA under the category heading of Civil Rights and Social Change, and these are further indexed by sub-categories of issues, which can be found in the Key Arkansans in the Civil Rights Movement document linked in the left column.

 

General Education Resources

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King Center

The Online home of the King Center is the nonprofit organization that educates the world about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic site contains virtual tours, multimedia presentations, traveling trucks, and primary sources.

Library of Congress (LOC)

This LOC site contains African American History lesson plans. Titles include African American Identity in the Gilded Age: Two Unreconciled Strivings, After Reconstruction, Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson, Segregation: From Jim Crow to Linda Brown, and Slavery in the United States: Primary Sources and the Historical Record.

African and African American History: A Resource Guide for Arkansas Teachers

This resource was commissioned by the Black History Task Force under the auspices of the Arkansas Department of

Education. It contains bibliographic information on the following topics:

  • Early African History; Middle Passage and Enslavement History
  • Abolition and Reconstruction; Disenfranchisement and Jim Crow
  • Civil Rights/Contemporary Study
  • Resources; Appendix

 

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Starkey, Social Studies Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6584

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