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African American Artists: Education and Equity
Set of lesson ideas based on paintings that depict African Americans in school and library settings. All of the works are from the period following Plessy v. Ferguson.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African American Artists: Masking Matters
Set of lesson ideas for a study of the art and literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Students create abstract works inspired by poetry and music, and write poems and stories based on paintings.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African American Artists: My People, Our People
Set of lesson ideas based on an overview of African American history. Students bring artworks into comparison with poetry and music.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African American Artists: Myth and Modern Society
Set of lesson ideas based on an examination of ways that African American artists have used classical mythology. Students compare paintings to the ancient text, or create their own myths based on an artwork.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anacostia Community Museum
Main website of Anacostia Community Museum Center for African American History and Culture, a national center for exhibitions, research, historical documentation, collecting, and educational programs relating to African American history and culture and the African Diaspora in the Americas.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Lesson plan has students study portraits of famous African Americans in history, explain the social and political impact of each portrait sitter, and discuss what it means to take a stand. Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African Americans in Air and Space History
Guided tour exploring the achievements of pioneering African American pilots and astronauts.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: “Blacks in the Westward Movement,” “What Can You Do with a Portrait?” and “Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass” (1976)
Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Document Detective
Lesson has students practice using primary sources to learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad by analyzing newspaper advertisements regarding runaway slaves. Part of the resource “Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The Amistad Case
Webpage presenting the story of the slave uprising on the ship Amistad and points readers toward portraits related to the event.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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