Celebrating Black History Month on Edmodo

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January 31st, 2014

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Martin Luther Ling, Jr.

Since 1976, the U.S. has honored the history of African Americans by celebrating Black History Month and encouraging coordinated teaching across schools. Looking for new ways to create engaging Black History Month lessons across subjects and grade levels? Here are some ideas you can implement using Edmodo:

  • Black Art History. Have students choose and research a significant event in African American history, then use the Pixton Comic Maker or Storyboard That app to create a comic strip or storyboard that illustrates it. This is also an opportunity to create an oral history exercise; encourage students to present their creation to the class and explain its historical significance.

  • Black History Biographies. Students choose and research an influential person in African American history. Using the ShmashCards app, students create flashcards with interesting and fun facts about their chosen person. The class studies the collection of flashcards all month long for a month-end quiz created with the Cloze Quiz Builder app or through Edmodo’s quiz feature.

  • Black History Dialogue. Use the Subtext on Edmodo app to start a collaborative discussion around the study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Students can tag key concepts, write blog posts, participate in polls, and reply to your prompts and discussions.

Looking for more ways to integrate Black History Month into your classroom? Check out these resources from around the web:

  • Take part in the National African American Read-In. Register your class to encourage literacy and celebrate African American literature.

  • Browse the creative Black History Month lessons from the National Education Association for all kinds of subjects, categorized by grade level. Some lessons even include free downloadable materials!

Grades K-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

  • Explore the six fascinating lessons that teach the scientific achievements of African Americans provided by Science NetLinks and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Have ideas of your own to contribute? Share your suggestions in the comments section below, or in the Edmodo Communities!

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