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Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades 9-12

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit grades 9-12.

Themed Package

Teaching Harry Potter

The latest Harry Potter movie is playing in local theaters. Here are lessons, activities, and resources to add to the fun.

Themed Package

Agriculture in the Classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom supports state programs for PreK-12 teachers and their students to improve agricultural literacy.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Transcontinental Telegraph and Railroad, Grades K-5

Interdisciplinary lessons, activities & resources help students in grades K-5 discover the engineering triumphs that propelled westward expansion in the 19th Century.

Themed Package

Google Search Education

Help your students become better searchers. Google Search Education provides lessons, activities, posters, tips, and webinars to help teachers hone their own and their students’ web search skills.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable

A+ Writing Research Paper Guide

This site for grade 9-12 and above is comprised of merged collections from the Internet Public Library and the Librarians' Internet Index and includes a guide to researching and writing a paper, an information search guide, and links to resources.

Background Reading

Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

ProCon.org is a clearinghouse for accurate and unbiased information on important controversial public issues. Resources will help students explore both sides of every issue and sharpen their critical thinking skills.

Background Reading

History of the English Language

The BBC and British Library both have interactive timelines describing the development of the English language. The BBC site is suitable for grades 6-8 and the British Library site for grades 9-12.

Multimedia

ReadWorks

ReadWorks is a research-based program that offers educators resources to help teach reading comprehension skills in grades K-6. You’ll find lessons and curriculum units, along with tips for implementing proven teaching strategies.

Best Practice; Lesson Plan

The Learning Network

The Learning Network publishes a new lesson plan every weekday during the school year. Two recent lesson plans investigate back-to-school shopping and the 2012 election campaign.

Lesson Plan

Representative Poetry Online

This anthology of 4,700 poems by 723 English and French poets from AD 657 to the present offers browsing by title, date, form, rhyme scheme; detailed biographies; maps and geographical information about places mentioned in poems; criticism; and more.

Background Reading

Bulletin Board Ideas

We recommend four Web sites where you can find bulletin board ideas and themes, cutouts, templates, activity ideas, and more. Plus, find out what kind of supplies you’ll need and how to acquire them.

Printable; Tool

Children’s Books and Author Interviews

Storyline Online is an anthology of 24 picture books for students in grades PreK-3 read by well-known actors. Reading Rockets turns the spotlight on the creators of children’s books with more than 100 video interviews.

Background Reading; Multimedia

EconEdLink & Living Wage Calculator

Two websites offer 750+ lesson plans and resources to help K-12 students learn about economics, personal finance. A related tool, a living wage calculator, supplements these resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Grant/Award

National Poetry Map

To encourage local poetry, The Academy of American Poets first introduced the National Poetry Map during National Poetry Month (April) in 2003. Discover what’s going on, poetically, in all 50 states, then sign up to receive a daily poem by email.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Level Up

Students reinforce core skills in science, math, and language arts while designing video games with this series of standards-based lessons.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric

This website is an online rhetoric and dictionary of rhetorical figures and most useful for speech & debate and writing students in grades 9-12.

Background Reading

Architect Studio 3D

Students in grades 5-8 design houses and share them with others. They explore architecture and learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's life and work while gaining practice in subject skills.

Learning Game; Multimedia

Learning Lab: The Poetry Foundation

The Learning Lab is a Poetry Foundation resource for students and teachers of poetry. The audience is primarily grades 6-12, but many of the essays can provide background for K-5 teachers as well.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Media and Technology Resources for Educators

Common Sense Media’s Media and Technology Resources for Educators provides K-12 curriculum and professional development resources. The website has teen guides for iPad and free classroom posters.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Essay Map

An interactive graphic organizer that helps students in grades 3-12 develop outlines that include introductory statements, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion summarizing main ideas.

Lesson Plan

ArtsEdge

ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s educational media arm providing arts and cross0-curricular materials for K-12 students and educators. Free digital resources include lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Ngram Viewer

Google Books Ngram Viewer is a tool that searches for words and phrases in more than 20 million books and produces a graph showing how the words or phrases have occurred. Users can search published works in 8 languages over 5 centuries.

Background Reading

Poetry Pairing

This weekly series is from The New York Times and the Poetry Foundation pairs news articles, opinion pieces and/or video with a poem. The pairings echo, extend or challenge the poem’s themes. Suggested questions and activities are provided.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan