PBS LearningMedia: The African Americans -- Many Rivers to Cross
- cultural understanding
- social justice
- analyzing evidence
- asking questions
- thinking critically
Common Sense Reviewer
PBS LearningMedia's collection titled The African Americans – Many Rivers to Cross offers teachers and students a host of valuable materials to explore themes of the African-American experience, from 1500 to the present. The lessons use clips from Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s series Many Rivers to Cross to engage students regarding cultural and political issues such as slavery, the Harlem Renaissance, and Civil Rights.
A handful of the lessons include support materials for use with the video clips. For example, in the lesson Many Currents: African American History Since the Civil Rights Movement, there are discussion questions, handouts, and teaching tips. The videos and the activities should help students gain a deeper understanding of the complex history of African Americans. Some of the highlights include a research assignment on a historical figure who fought for equality during the Jim Crow era, and graphic organizers that support students' learning about non-violent protests. You'll want to have access to a projection device, as the videos are best shown in a whole-class setting.
- It Takes Courage to Be Weak
- The African American Migration Story
- Many Currents: African American History Since the Civil Rights Movement
What's inside PBS LearningMedia
PBS LearningMedia: Civil RightsCompelling resources capture voices and events of the Civil Rights eraCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 5Social StudiesGrade 6-12
PBS LearningMedia: The African Americans -- Many Rivers to CrossPowerful videos, resources deftly explore African-American historyCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 4Social StudiesGrade 6-12
PBS LearningMedia: The March @50Five insightful videos on the legacy of the 1963 March on WashingtonCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 4Social StudiesGrade 6-12
PBS LearningMedia: Teaching the ConstitutionQuick videos, primary source links bring the Constitution to lifeCommon Sense Rating 3Teacher Rating Not Yet RatedSocial StudiesGrade 6-12
PBS LearningMedia: Daily News StoryVideos, worksheets connect PBS news briefs to current-events lessonsCommon Sense Rating 3Teacher Rating Not Yet RatedSocial StudiesGrade 7-12
PBS LearningMedia: Soldiers, Veterans, and War in American LifeHigh-quality resources offer empathetic intro to controversial topicCommon Sense Rating 4Teacher Rating 4Social StudiesGrade 2-12
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