For Black History Month, our teachers have created many history lessons centered around the great contributions that people of color have made to this country’s history.
One example such example is in Ms. Hayley McTigue’s 2nd grade class. The students learned facts about historical figures who fought for equality between the races. Students took their images and placed them on a timeline as a way to visualize “time.”
The timelines were helpful not only because they offered a visual representation of how much time has passed between events, but in some instances demonstrate cause and effect. For example, students can see that 99 years was the time span of when the 13th amendment abolishing slavery was passed by Congress in January 1865 and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
This educational exercise really helps students put history in context.