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Who's Who In Black History

Name: Frank Hernandez
School: PS 35
Address: 261 East 164th St.
City: Bronx, NY, 10451
Original Project: Who's Who In Black History
Author: Mary Clancy
URL: Http://teachersnetwork.org/impactii/profiles00_01/clancy.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: This unit was modified using a play. Students depicted the life and times of famous African American achievers. In addition, students analyzed the contributions of African Americans and determined what life would be like were it not for their important accomplishments.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Gain knowledge of prominent African American pioneers.
  By performing the play, students gained an insiders appreciation of life in the civil rights era.
  Use technology to broaden their understanding of the historical context of the time.
  Write about what this world would be like without the contributions of African Americans.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: Students researched images that depicted the life, times, and emotions of African Americans in the early to mid 1900's. Subsequently, students used these images to create a PowerPoint presentation. Images were obtained from a Google search. Clip from Microsoft Word was also used.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Students' performance was assessed both informally and formally. Informal assessments included class discussions and performance of roles in the play. A formal assessment included writing. Students were required to write a five paragraph essay based on the poem, "Life Without Black People," as they described contributions of African Americans.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Mr. Hernandez is a proud graduate of PS 35X. It is truly an honor for him to return in the capacity of teacher to the school that prepared him to excel and become a productive member of society. Mr. Hernandez has taught fifth grade for the past few years. This is his first year teaching fourth grade. Mr. Gold has a Masters of Science in Education. He is an aspiring principal and an emergent leader eager to broaden the social and academic horizons of tomorrow’s scholars.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: Watch a film, conduct interviews, and visit the museum to gain a historical perspective and context of the era.

Samples of Student Projects

  PowerPoint presentation depicting the words and emotions of the civil rights era.
  Student's creating props for the play as well as conducting mock protests in "Washinghton D.C."
  Students' writing.


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