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Black History Month: An American Journey to Equality

Caitlyn Jacobs, M.A.
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A comprehensive four week course for Black History Month that covers the African Slave Trade through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Class Experience

4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Plantation Life
In the first week, we will discuss the introduction to the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the significance of understanding the roots of African American history. We will read and analyze excerpts from Olaudah Equiano's narrative. On Friday, we will reflect on the week's materials in a class discussion.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Abolitionist Movements and Emancipation
We will read excerpts from Frederick Douglass' narrative, and discuss the impact of various abolitionist movements. Then we will examine the Emancipation Proclamation and its historical context the discuss the immediate and long-term implications of emancipation. Lastly, we will reflect on the abolitionist movements and the transition to the Reconstruction era.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Jim Crow Era and the Great Migration
We will examine photographs depicting Jim Crow segregation, and discuss. Then we will listen to a video where women will tell their story of their journey during the Great Migration and discuss.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Civil Rights Movement and Legacy
We will read and analyze speeches and letters from Martin Luther King Jr. Then discuss the philosophy and tactics of the Civil Rights Movement. We will examine the texts and historical context of key legislative acts such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. We will spend the end of the course reflecting on the entire course journey, and discuss the importance of understanding and confronting historical legacies.
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This course will discuss sensitive topics such as slavery and racism. We will read stories of people who have experienced slavery and racism first hand. Sometimes these stories can be hard to hear.  No graphic or sensitive images will be shown. The purpose of discussing these hard topics is to learn from the past. 
Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
The Emancipation Proclamation 
The 13th, 14th, & 15th Amendments to the US Constitution
Photographs capturing Jim Crow segregation found on Library of Congress website
Personal narratives from the Great Migration from a Youtube video
Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and letters
Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965
Joined April, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in History
Oklahoma Teaching Certificate - Social Studies/History
Hey there! 👋 I'm Miss Caitlyn, and history is my ultimate passion! 📚 Back in 2020, I started my journey on Outschool, teaching three awesome classes on women's history (they're still available, by the way!). Since then, I've earned my Master's... 
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4 pre-recorded lessons
4 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 13-18

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