February 1, 2010

Black History Month Resources

This is an edited repost from 2008.

February is Black History Month in the United States. This is a great time for educators to focus in on an aspect of our history that does not always receive thorough treatment in textbooks. I have posted many helpful links for in-depth study of African-American history, as well as an inexpensive homeschool resource that our family really enjoys.

I haven't completely gone through all of these sites, so please use discretion and do some previewing!

These two sites contain many links for studying African American history:
Awesome Stories is a favorite resource in our homeschool. "Enjoy an interactive learning experience as you see thousands of hand-selected and relevant links to pictures, artifacts, manuscripts, documents and other primary sources, IN CONTEXT, within each story." This is a huge site with tons and tons of information. If you haven't seen it, it is well worth looking at. I signed up for the free academic membership a few years ago, which gives you access to narrated stories, lesson plans, text documents, etc. Here are some of the Awesome Stories links related to Black History Month:
For Older Students:
For Younger Students:
About Africa:
Although this post highlights free resources for Black History Month, I would be remiss if I didn't mention fellow homeschooler Belinda Bullard's Christ-centered, literature-based history curriculum, written from an African American perspective. Her products and samples are available at A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources.

We supplemented our Tapestry of Grace Year 2 and Year 3 curriculum with This Far by Faith, Volume 1. We are currently using This Far by Faith, Volume 2 as our main history curriculum, supplemented by Tapestry of Grace Year 3 and Year 4 selections and some extra work for our high school students. I highly recommend this inexpensive resource if you are interested in adding an African American focus to your history studies.

Belinda has also written a unit study called A Historical Walk through the Harlem Renaissance that we will be purchasing once we get to the 1920s. I am really excited about it!


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