Thinkport Newsletter: Black History Month Resources 2018

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February, Edition 1


Black History Month provides meaningful opportunities for all students to celebrate the rich traditions of African Americans and recognize their contributions and achievements throughout our nation's history. Through the following collection of resources, educators can help students strengthen their writing, research and analysis skills, while teaching them about significant moments and people in America's black history.  

Social Studies Literacy Activities


Maryland's Champions of Freedom
In Maryland, the crusaders to end slavery included two abolitionists, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. MPT’s literacy-building activity teaches students about the purpose of, and difference between, primary and secondary sources using resources related to the lives of Tubman and Douglass.

Role of AA

African Americans in the Civil War
Great writers are not born great writers; they work hard to learn and excel at their craft. MPT's interactive lesson helps students gain practice writing informative and explanatory texts while learning about the role of African Americans during the Civil War.


Freedmen’s Bureau and Education
Take your students back in time to explore the education of freed slaves after the Civil War. Through the examination of primary source documents, drawings, and photographs, students learn about historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the importance of freed slaves going to school, and advocacy efforts around this time in history. 

  • Extend the learning beyond the classroom! Tune into MPT on February 19th at 9:00 pm for "Tell Them We Are Rising," a documentary film that explores the pivotal role HBCUs have played in history. 

Teaching Children About Black History Month

Connecting Kids

Connecting Kids with Black History
Teaching children about the historical accomplishments and struggles of African Americans can benefit everyone. By connecting children with history, they'll gain a better understanding of who they are no matter what their race or ethnicity.

Special Programming on MPT/PBS

Tell Them

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
Airing on MPT/PBS February 19, 9:00 pm 

A new documentary film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. 


Black History Month Film Series
Great opportunity for educators! Join PBS for a compelling film series and panel discussion, moderated by both a student and a teacher. The events, held during the school day, offer participants a chance to pose live questions and interact with film producers/directors in real time.  

Culture and Connection


Black Culture Connection
Find compelling films, stories and voices across public television centered around black history and culture.


National Museum of African American History and Culture
Take a journey through a vast collection of historical artifacts, documents, photographs and media featuring powerful moments in African American history, culture and connection.

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