Current occasions—widespread protests, a highlight on the dearth of range in media, and the disproportionate results of COVID-19 on communities of coloration—have made it clear that conversations about racial justice are extra vital than ever for our college communities.
Flocabulary has a longstanding mission to raise and signify college students of all backgrounds. We’re proud to current 5 new classes that honor Black voices. These classes intention to show college students about American historical past and tradition by way of a racial justice lens.
Every lesson is standards-aligned and features a hip-hop video, quiz, vocab phrases, vocab sport, studying passages with comprehension questions, and a printable exercise.
The Tuskegee Airmen – grades 5-12
The Tuskegee Airmen have been the primary Black American army pilots. By the usage of colorization and a pair of.5D imaging methods, this lesson brings the Airmen to life. College students learn the way the Tuskegee Airmen represented the US in World Warfare II, overcame racism and discriminatory remedy, and paved the way in which for desegregation within the army and in society.
Plessy v. Ferguson – grades 7-12
This landmark 1894 Supreme Court docket case set the authorized precedent for “separate however equal” segregation in the US. This lesson dives deep into the historic context surrounding the case, through which Homer Plessy and a gaggle of Black New Orleans businessmen referred to as the Citzens’ Committee deliberate to problem racial segregation however in the end misplaced. College students additionally study the long-term impression of the Court docket’s ruling, which nonetheless influences American society.
James Baldwin – grades 9-12
James Baldwin’s essays and novels brazenly challenged institutional racism and made him a number one voice of the civil rights motion. Whereas his work was largely about Black identification and the ache and wrestle of Black folks in a racist system, he thought of himself firstly an American author chatting with all Individuals. On this lesson, college students additionally study Baldwin’s nuanced portrayals of same-sex and interracial relationships, together with his personal—subjects that have been controversial on the time and stay so right this moment.
Toni Morrison – grades 9-12
This lesson introduces college students to the life and work of acclaimed creator Toni Morrison. College students study her barrier-breaking profession as the primary Black feminine fiction editor at Random Home, the place she edited works by outstanding Black voices together with Angela Davis, Gayl Jones, and Muhammad Ali. In addition they study concerning the social context and common themes that make Morrison’s work so unforgettable.
Marsha P. Johnson – grades 9-12
Marsha P. Johnson was a pioneering activist who insisted on equality for homosexual and trans folks. She didn’t get the popularity she deserved whereas she was alive, however her legacy has grown within the years since her dying. Because the combat for trans rights continues, it’s vital for college kids to know Johnson’s identify and story. On this lesson, they learn the way she overcame poverty, violence, social exclusion, and psychological well being points to face up for equal rights for the LGBTQ neighborhood.
We hope you take into account incorporating these classes into your Social Research, ELA, or advisory courses. For extra biographical and racial justice-focused content material, remember to take a look at our different Historic Figures classes and our Racial Justice Useful resource Information.