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Teacher Toolkit Grades K-12
Contents ||| Reference Online ||| Reference Offline ||| FAQ ||| Professional Development ||| Elementary ||| History ||| Language Arts ||| Music ||| Math & Science ||| Visual Arts ||| Museums & Historic Sites ||| Link Policy ||| About the Author

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African American Heritage Teacher Toolkit for Grades K-12
Table of Contents

1. Reference Online: All subject areas. Links to biographical databases, texts, speeches, documents and images; historical timelines and Black History calendars; museums and online exhibits. Tutorials for finding images and texts online. (Subject-specific biography links are found in each subject area.)

2. Reference Offline: All subject areas. Recommended books, posters, videos and CDs for school and public libraries, plus resources for Young Adult media specialists. Online and offline tools for collection development.

3. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Origins and themes of annual celebrations (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black History Month, etc), national organizations, Black Nationalist Colors, and "Lift Every Voice and Sing" ("The Negro National Anthem") history, lyrics, recordings.Also: food and recipes!

4. Professional Development: Organizations, grants, trainings and listservs for teacher support.

5. Elementary: Quick links and lessons plans especially for K-5. Please note: Resources for K-5 teachers are found throughout the Toolkit.

6. History: Integrate black history all year 'round! Books, CDs, videos, web sites and links to lesson plans. General history resources, and resources divided by the ten historical eras:

Eras 1 - 5 (Colonial Era to Civil War & Reconstruction)
Eras 6-10 (End of Reconstruction to Present)

7. Language Arts: Poetry, prose, folktales, theater and film. Links to online texts, biographies, lesson plans, plus recommended books, spoken word CDs and videos. Ebonics resources. Reading events.

8. Math & Science: Links to lesson plans; biographies of scientists, mathematicians and inventors; statistics, plus recommended books and video.

9. Music: Links to lesson plans and biographies, plus recommended books, videos and CDs.

10. Visual Arts: How to find African American art on the web, links to biographies, exhibits, lesson plans, plus recommended books and videos.

11. Museums & Historic Sites: A guide to African American heritage travel in North America

12. Link Policy & Notes on Design: How are resources selected? Why is the term "African American" sometimes hypenated, and sometimes not? How did "user-centered design" guidelines influence this site? Answers to these questions and more.

14. About the Author Who created this site and why.