Teacher Review for PBS LearningMedia: The African Americans -- Many Rivers to Cross

History of African Americans via video, discussion and reading

Sara J.
Classroom teacher
Fort Bend ISD
Sugar Land, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Prior to reading a historical fiction novel that deals with the history of African Americans (in my case Jim Crow Era for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry), students can build background exploring topics. Through use of video and essay, students can answer discussion question - all of which are on webpages!
My Take
This is a well done documentary with quite a bit of ancillary support - including lesson plans - that teachers can use with little work required on their part. I can not speak toward the social students curriculum, but I do know that for reading historical fiction, students were able to gather enough background knowledge that they had a firm understanding of the thematic points, if lacking in details.