African American History is a major topic in most US History classes across the country.  Join Reading Through History as we explore the most prominent African Americans in the nation’s history, and examine their contributions to society.

African American History: Volume One

Reading Through History is pleased to present African American History: Volume One. This is a collaborative effort by two Oklahoma classroom teachers with over thirty years of teaching experience at the secondary level. It includes 159 pages of student activities related to the major figures and events of African American history from the Middle Passage up to Jackie Robinson’s breakthrough in Major League Baseball. The workbook is divided into eight complete units. This is the go-to resource for any teacher in need of information or student reading activities in a U.S. History class, or African American Studies. This resource manual is sure to be a perfect fit for any classroom, whether it be elementary school, middle school, or high school. There are 37 reading lessons in all, and each has several pages of student activities to accompany the reading, including multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary exercises, and student response essay questions.

Topics include: Triangular Trade & The Middle Passage, African Americans in the American Revolution, The Slave Codes & Nat Turner’s Rebellion, A Day in the Life of a Slave, The Underground Railroad, The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, The Dred Scott Decision, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Abolitionists, The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the Emancipation Proclamation, The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, Buffalo Soldiers, Plessy v. Ferguson, The Jim Crow Laws, Sharecropping, The NAACP, The Tulsa Race Riot, The Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Cotton Club, and The Tuskegee Airmen.

This volume also includes biographies for: Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Hiram Revels, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Langston Hughes, WEB DuBois, Marcus Garvey, James Weldon Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, and Jackie Robinson.

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Triangular Trade & The Middle Passage:

This is a single four page unit from Reading Through History documenting the Triangular Trade route and Middle Passage of the slave trade which existed from the 16th to the 19th Century. There is a one page reading followed by three pages of student activities. The student activities include multiple choice questions, a student response essay question, a guided reading activity, and vocabulary activities.

Approximate time for student completion: 40 minutes

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The Slave Codes & Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion:

This is a five page unit from Reading Through History documenting slave codes and Nat Turner’s violent slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. There is a two page reading followed by three pages of student activities. The student activities include multiple choice questions, a student response essay question, a guided reading activity, and vocabulary activities.

Approximate time for student completion: 45 minutes

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Abolitionists, and Frederick Douglass:

Abolitionists Unit coverTopics included in this unit: The Abolitionist Movement, the life of Frederick Douglass, and the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  The assignments also include information on William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, the Grimke Sisters, Frederick Douglas, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

This PDF download includes three reading activities, three multiple choice reading assessments, eight student response essay questions, three guided reading activities, one vocabulary check, three sections of true and false questions, and a unit history word builder activity. A total of 90 questions for students to complete!

Approximate time for student completion: 60-90 minutes

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The Underground Railroad, The Dred Scott Decision, and A Day in the Life of a Slave:

Underground Railroad Dred Scott coverTopics included in this unit: The monumental Dred Scott Decision, the internal operations of the Underground Railroad, and the typical day-to-day life of an American slave.

This PDF download includes three reading activities, three sets of multiple choice reading comprehension questions, three student response essay questions, three guided reading activities, one vocabulary check, two sets of true and false questions, one set of Yes/No questions, and a final word builder assignment to wrap up the unit.  A total of 90 questions for students to complete!

Approximate time for student completion: 60-90 minutes

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Harriet Tubman, and The Fugitive Slave Act:

Harriet Tubman Fugitive Slave Act coverTopics included in this unit: The life and achievements of Harriet Tubman, and the hugely important Fugitive Slave Law.

This PDF download includes three reading activities,  three multiple choice reading assessments, three student response essay questions, student rewrites of key passages, three guided reading activities, two vocabulary checks, three sections of true and false questions, and a unit history word builder activity. A total of 90 questions for students to answer!

Approximate time for student completion: 60-90 minutes

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Sojourner  Truth:

This is a single five page unit from Reading Through History documenting the life and achievements of Sojourner Truth. In the lesson, her role in both the Abolitionist Movement and the Women’s Rights Movement are detailed. There is a two page biography followed by three pages of student activities. The student activities include multiple choice questions, a student response essay question, a guided reading activity, and vocabulary activities.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 to 50 minutes

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The Civil War & Post-Civil War Years:

Several different topics are included in this set of units, including the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the Buffalo Soldiers, and Hiram Revels.

These PDF downloads includes reading activities, multiple choice questions, student response essay questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary checks, completion questions, true and false questions, and word builder assignments to wrap up the units.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes each

These units are available for purchase as a PDF downloads through Teachers Pay Teachers, by clicking on the correct text below:

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1890 – 1920:

Several different topics are included in these units, including Plessy v. Ferguson, the Jim Crow laws, sharecropping, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, and the NAACP.

These PDF downloads include reading activities, multiple choice questions, student response essay questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary checks, true and false questions, and word builder assignments to wrap up the units.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes each

These units are available for purchase as a PDF downloads through Teachers Pay Teachers, by clicking on the correct text below.

To purchase the Plessy v. Ferguson lesson, click here!

To purchase the Jim Crow laws lesson, click here!

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The Tulsa Race Riot:

This is an independent one lesson unit from Reading Through History that documents the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race riot. The download includes a two-page reading, followed by three pages of activities to gauge reading comprehension. The activities include multiple choice, vocabulary, guided reading, student summaries, and a student response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes

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The Harlem Renaissance:

This is a five lesson unit by Reading Through History documenting the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance. In this unit there are one or two page readings dealing with the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, and Marcus Garvey. There are three pages of student activities to accompany each of the readings. The student activities include multiple choice questions, a student response essay question, a guided reading activity, and vocabulary activities.

Approximate time for student completion: 150 minutes

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The Jazz Age:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the Roaring Twenties, and African American History. In this download there are three separate lessons dealing with the legendary Jazz performers of the era. The first lesson covers the life and musical influence of Louis Armstrong. The second lesson explains Duke Ellington’s rise to fame as a performer and composer, while the third describes the rise and fall of the Cotton Club in Harlem. For each lesson there is a one page reading activity followed by reading comprehension questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, student summaries, and a student response essay question.

Approximate time for student completion: 90 minutes

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The Tuskegee Airmen:

This is a single four page unit from Reading Through History documenting the experiences and achievements of the African American pilots known as Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. There is a one page reading followed by three pages of student activities. The student activities include multiple choice questions, a student response essay question, a guided reading activity, and vocabulary activities.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes

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Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, and Jackie Robinson:

This is a three section unit covering the life and achievements of three of America’s greatest African American athletes. The unit contains 18 pages of student activities that involve: guided reading materials, constructed response paragraphs, true and false questions, vocabulary activities, and multiple choice quizzes to gauge reading comprehension. Every reading topic also includes questions geared toward the 4th and 5th grade Common Core literature and reading standards. Objectives include Key Ideas, Range of Reading, Key Ideas and Details, Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity, Writing, and Fluency. The packet includes everything a social studies or reading teacher would need to cover three days worth of a class. The materials are written at a slightly more difficult level than our fall activities in order to continue challenging the students.

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