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Black History Month 2015

 


Articles & Primary Sources with Curriculum

Kindergarten

"Who Was Jackie Robinson?"
Lexile: 460

1st Grade

"Martin Luther King, Jr."
Lexile: 470

2nd Grade

"A Hero in Disguise"
Lexile: 710

"American Heroes"
Lexile: 650

"An American Leader"
Lexile: 810

"Great Americans"
Lexile: 560

"A Great Leader"
Lexile: 900

3rd Grade

"Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad"
Lexile: 660

"Maya Angelou"
Lexile: 590

"Sojourner Truth"
Lexile: 630

"Thurgood Marshall"
Lexile: 670
 

More passages on Famous African Americans

4th Grade

"The Struggle for Equality"
Lexile: 830

"Walking Tall"
Lexile: 770

Comprehension Unit: "Sweet Clara and The Freedom Quilt"

Comprehension Unit: "When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson"

5th Grade

Primary Source: "A Tale of Segregation: Fetching Water"
Lexile: 800

"Emancipation Proclamation"
Lexile: 820

"Slavery in the Territories"

Lexile: 730

6th Grade

Primary Source: "Wesley Harris: An Account of Escaping Slavery"
Lexile: 970

Primary Source: "Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From the Birmingham City Jail"
Lexile: 980

"Slavery in the North"
Lexile:1000
 

7th Grade

Primary Source: "An Account from the Slave Trade: Love Story of Jeffrey and Dorcas"
Lexile: 1170

Primary Source: "Letter from Jackie Robinson on Civil Rights"
Lexile: 1070
 

8th Grade

Primary Source: "Rosa Parks: 100th Birthday" 
Lexile: 1410
 

Primary Source: "The Courage to Take Action: A Lesson from Rosa Parks"
Lexile: 1200

11th - 12th Grade

Primary Source: "The Legacy of the Marchers on Washington" 
Lexile: 1260

 

Poems and Primary Sources

9th - 10th Grade

"A Negro Explorer at the North Pole: Forward and Chapter 15"
by Matthew A. Henson
​Lexile: 1530

"Sympathy"
Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Lexile: Non-Prose

"O Southland!"
Poem by James Weldon Johnson
Lexile: Non-Prose
 

11th - 12th Grade

"Abolition Fanaticism in New York"
by Frederick Douglass
​Lexile: 1370

"At the Closed Gate of Justice"
Poem by James D. Corrothers
Lexile: Non-Prose

"Fifty Years"
Poem by James Weldon Johnson
​Lexile: Non-Prose

"Ode to Ethiopia"
Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Lexile: Non-Prose

"On Being Brought From Africa"
Poem by Phillis Wheatley
Lexile: Non-Prose

"We Wear the Mask" 
Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Lexile: Non-Prose


Primary Sources From The Civil War Trust

11th - 12th Grade

"Patrick Cleburne's Proposal to Arm Slaves" 
Lexile: 1410

"General Orders No. 1"
By Lt. Colonel C. T. Trowbridge, 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, February 9, 1866
Lexile: 1700


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