American Slavery Lesson Plans: Teaching Hard History
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If you are lesson planning for the school year, or getting ready to celebrate Juneteenth -- the June 19 holiday recognizing the abolition of slavery -- this AFT Share My Lesson collection has you need to teach preK-12 students the history of American slavery.
American Slavery Lesson Plans
This preK-12 lesson and activity curated collection is in response to a Southern Poverty Law Center report, "Teaching Hard History: American Slavery," that shows that schools are failing to teach American Slavery. This collection of resources features some of our partner and users' best material to ensure schools and teachers have the support they need to teach about the history of American slavery. You may also want to explore the 1619 Project via The New York Times.
High school seniors struggle on even the most basic questions about American enslavement of Africans.
• Only 8 percent of high school seniors surveyed can identify slavery as the central cause of the Civil War.
• Two-thirds (68 percent) don’t know that it took a constitutional amendment to formally end slavery.
• Fewer than 1 in 4 students (22 percent) can correctly identify how provisions in the Constitution gave advantages to slaveholders.
Teachers are serious about teaching slavery, but there’s a lack of deep coverage of the subject in the classroom.
• Although teachers overwhelmingly (over 90 percent) claim they feel “comfortable” discussing slavery in their classrooms, their responses to open-ended questions reveal profound unease around the topic.
• Fifty-eight percent of teachers find their textbooks inadequate.
-- Southern Poverty Law Center report, "Teaching Hard History: American Slavery"
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