February is Black History month. While many educators and home school parents will cover the Underground Railroad for the umpteenth time, these resources will help you step out into new territory to grab student attention.
Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by M. K. Mitchell inspires perseverance and goal setting as readers follow the life of Uncle Jed, an African-American barber. Despite significant setbacks including segregation and the Great Depression, Uncle Jeb saves enough money to buy his own shop. A thematic unit plan from TeachersPayTeachers makes it easy to incorporate economics and good reading habits as well.
Reader’s theater provides an excellent was to incorporate history and oral fluency skills. Featuring African American heroes like W.E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, each of the nine Post Civil War reader's theater scripts includes discussion or journaling questions to deepen thinking.