Modern African American History is a fascinating subject, and a staple of US History classes across the country.  Join Reading Through History as we explore the most prominent African Americans of the 20th Century, and examine their contributions to society.

Reading Through History is pleased to present African American History:
Volume Two.  It includes 154 pages of student activities related to the major figures and events of African American history from Brown v. the Board up to Barack Obama’s election as president. The workbook is divided into seven 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 38 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 Thurgood Marshall, the Little Rock Nine, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Riders, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King Jr., the Watts Riot, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, the Black Power Movement, Maya Angelou, and many more!

African American History: Volume Two is available to purchase in paperback by following the link to Amazon.  Or, click on the Teachers Pay Teachers icon to purchase as a PDF download!

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School Integration:

The first unit of African American History: Volume Two relates to school integration in the 1950s and 1960s.  There are many different topics covered including de jure vs. de facto segregation, Brown v. the Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall, the Little Rock Nine, the University of Alabama integration, James Meredith and the integration of the University of Mississippi.

Each lesson includes a one page reading lesson, 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 for each lesson

These units are available for purchase as PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers by following the appropriate link below:

To purchase the De Jure vs. De Facto Segregation lesson, click here!

To purchase the Brown v. the Board of Education lesson, click here!

To purchase the Thurgood Marshall lesson, click here!

To purchase the Little Rock Nine lesson, click here!

To purchase the University of Alabama Integration lesson, click here!

To purchase the James Meredith & University of Mississippi Integration lesson, click here!


The Early Civil Rights Movement:

The second unit of African American History: Volume Two includes a complete unit covering the biography of Rosa Parks, the story and triumph of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the struggles and sacrifices of the Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights Movement. The download includes enough material for three to four days of a history or a reading class. The unit contains 16 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.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (90 minutes total)

The unit is available for purchase as a PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

Also check out our five page unit documenting the murders of Emmett Till and Medgar Evers, which occurred during the Civil Rights Era. 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: 30 minutes

To purchase the Emmett Till and Medgar Evers lesson, click here!


Martin Luther King Jr.:

Unit three of African American History: Volume Two is a complete unit covering the life, struggles, and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr.  The first two lessons include a biography of King’s life, while the third lesson focuses on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Other topics include Letter from Birmingham Jail, the March on Washington, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  Each lesson includes guided reading materials, constructed response paragraphs, true and false questions, vocabulary activities, and multiple choice quizzes to gauge reading comprehension.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes per lesson (90 minutes total)

The unit is available for purchase as a PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

 

 


The Latter Civil Rights Movement:

The fourth unit of African American History: Volume Two includes many lessons which focus on the latter half of the 1960s, and the continuing struggle for Civil Rights.  Topics included in these lessons include the Freedom Summer, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Watts Riot, Malcolm X, the Black Power Movement, and the Black Panther Party.  Each lesson includes guided reading materials, constructed response essay questions, vocabulary activities, and multiple choice quizzes to gauge reading comprehension.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes for each lesson

These units are available for purchase as PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers by following the appropriate link below:

To purchase the Freedom Summer lesson, click here!

To purchase the SNCC lesson, click here!

To purchase the Watts Riot lesson, click here!

To purchase the Malcolm X lesson, click here!

To purchase the Black Power lesson, click here!

To purchase the Black Panther Party lesson, click here!


Modern Political Figures:

From the 1970s and beyond, there have been several prominent African American political figures.  These individuals are highlighted in the fifth unit of African American History: Volume Two.  Lessons in this unit include biographies about Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, Colin Powell, and Barack Obama.  Each lesson includes guided reading materials, constructed response essay questions, vocabulary activities, and multiple choice quizzes to gauge reading comprehension.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes for each lesson

These units are available for purchase as PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers by following the appropriate link below:

To purchase the Shirley Chisholm lesson, click here!

To purchase the Jesse Jackson lesson, click here!

To purchase the Colin Powell lesson, click here!

To purchase the Barack Obama lesson, click here!


Entertainment:

There have been many prominent African American entertainers in the second half of the 20th Century.  A few of these entertainers are spotlighted in the sixth unit of African American History: Volume Two.  This unit includes lessons about Motown, the Apollo Theater, Roots (the novel and miniseries), Maya Angelou, Michael Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey.  Each lesson includes guided reading materials, constructed response essay questions, vocabulary activities, and multiple choice quizzes to gauge reading comprehension.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes for each lesson

These units are available for purchase as PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers by following the appropriate link below:

To purchase the Motown lesson, click here!

To purchase the Apollo Theater lesson, click here!

To purchase the “Roots” lesson, click here!

To purchase the Maya Angelou lesson, click here!

To purchase the Oprah Winfrey lesson, click here!


Sports Figures:

Throughout the 20th Century, there have been numerous African Americans excel in the world of sports.  The seventh and final unit of African American History: Volume Two focuses on some of the most prolific of those athletes.  Lessons in this unit include: The Harlem Globetrotters, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Arthur Ashe, Venus & Serena Williams, and Tiger Woods.  Each lesson includes guided reading materials, constructed response essay questions, vocabulary activities, and multiple choice quizzes to gauge reading comprehension.

Approximate time for student completion: 30 minutes for each lesson

These units are available for purchase as PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers by following the appropriate link below:

To purchase the Harlem Globetrotters lesson, click here!

To purchase the Muhammad Ali lesson, click here!

To purchase the Michael Jordan lesson, click here!

To purchase the Tiger Woods lesson, click here!

 

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