TO CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS
Science - American History:
topics in American History frameworks that are relevant
to African American studies:
America and Americans (Beginning to 1650): Africa
and the slave trade;
Colonies (1600-1763); Colonial era labor and North
Revolution: Creating a New Nation (1750-1815): the
Reform, and Economic Growth (1800-1861): the Northern
and Southern economic systems; Jackson Era &
Pre-Civil War reformers: abolitionism;
War and Reconstruction (1850-1877); A nation divided
over slavery; Abraham Lincoln; Scenes of war; Mass.
soldiers; Emancipation Proclamation; Gettysburg
Advent of Modern America (1865-1920): Changes and
constraints for African-Americans; Plessy v.
Ferguson; African-American migration to the
North and West;
United States and Two World Wars (1914-1945): Jazz
Age; arts and letters; the Harlem Renaissance;
U.S. (1945-Present): Continuity and dislocation
in Mass. economy since 1945; poverty and causes;
Rising demands for desegregation; Brown v. Board
of Education and '60's busing; Assassination,
civil rights struggles and laws; 80s and 90s:
racial tensions and culture wars; debates over immigration.
History/Social Science frameworks include:
History (roots of African Americans; West Indies
slavery and trade, immigration and emigration);
(Places and Time);
(slavery and its implications; comparisons of economic
opportunities among Mass. populations);
and Government (relevant civil rights laws and court
Learning Standards in History are covered:
Evidence & Point of View;
Commonality and the Individual;
Arts aspects covered: this project is particularly
rich in spoken and written literature that draws from
African and African American cultures and encourages
a respect for differences. Writings of Phillis Wheatly,
Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle
Toms Cabin) and other abolitionists, as well as
biographies of key activtists, fit into curriculum
frameworks. Media use is also strong: the Internet
for research, video presentations, preparation of
projects in various media, etc.
that include music and dance can have many Mass. connections.
The timeline includes The Anti-Slavery Harp, 1848,
by William Wells Brown, with songs to recognized tunes.
"I am an Abolitionist" is to the tune of Auld Lang
Syne. Another is called "Jefferson's Daughter", on
her being sold into slavery. This information that
was already known at the time, has more recently come
to light , in terms of genetic testing proof.
Technology competencies are achieved through use
of multimedia tools for learning, including website