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During February we celebrate Black History Month. The resources below will help you bring exciting learning opportunities about African American activists, artists, and innovators into the classroom.
- EDSITEment’s Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources curates the best of curriculum guides, interactive websites, videos and more, all available for free to teachers. The resources span the K-12 level and follow Black History fromAfricaand Colonial America to Slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and the present day.
Access the bank of free resources here.
- Celebrate Black History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a curriculum guide available as a PDF download to NIE teachers through our curriculum page. You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald in Education program to access the guide.
Find the curriculum page here.
- American Masters – August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand premieres Friday, February 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS. The documentary film will commemorate the award winning playwright’s birth, death, and Black History Month as it looks at his work’s approach to the African American experience.
Find more information and access your local PBS station here.
On Monday we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Learn about the legacy of Dr. King and the history behind the Civil Rights Movement with "Celebrate Black History: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," an informative downloadable guide available on the Boston Herald in Education Curriculum Page.
Access the Curriculum Page here and use the curriculum username and password from your welcome email to log in and download the guide.
Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. Celebrate the month by learning about inspiring Latino innovators in literature, science, sports, and more.
This great list of children’s books from PBS Parents includes a variety of titles that tell the stories of famous Latinos such as Pablo Neruda, Sonia Sotomayor, Diego Rivera, Frida Khalo, and more.
Hispanic Heritage Month has a website dedicated to the month long celebration of history and culture. It includes a page devoted to teachers and lists resources to use in the classroom.
Hi-Tech Heroes: Hispanic Explorers in Science is a downloadable PDF curriculum guide from the NIE Teacher website. This bilingual resource and activity guide that highlights the achievements of Eloy Rodriguez, Ellen Ochoa, Mario Molina, and more.
Today, September 17, we celebrate the ratification of the United States Constitution. Learn more about our nation's history and government with the following free curriculum guides, available to teachers who have subscribed to the Smart Edition.
Access the curriculum page here and enter your curriculum username and password that were emailed to you in your welcome email.
Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.
- The Power and the Glory: The Constitution gives an overview of the history of writing the Constitution and the issues it addressed. The guide includes activities for students of all ages and levels to relate the writing of the Constitution to today's hot button issues.
- The Constitution and Today's Newspaper has students find examples in the Boston Herald Smart Edition of the Constitution at work in our society.
Please contact Brianne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-619-6220 if you have trouble accessing the curriculum guides.
Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and we will soon celebrate Black History Month in February.
Today’s Boston Herald features 3 area leaders working to honor King’s legacy: Mayor Marty Walsh, Harriette John, and Pastor William E. Dickerson II. Read the full story on Page 5 of the Smart Edition. Don't have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.
This learning resource supplement from the NIE Institute and History Channel provides an overview of the American Civil Rights movement. It highlights the times of slavery, Jim Crow laws, the march on Washington, and the election of President Obama. Download the PDF guide here.
This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. From September 15 to October 15, we highlight the achievements of Hispanic scientists, artists, musicians, politicians, and more.
Hispanic Heritage Month's official website has a page devoted to teachers. It lists resources for use in the classroom from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and more.
The NIE teacher site has new curriculum guides available for download to NIE teachers, including "High Tech Heroes: Hispanic Explorers in Science" a bilingual resource and activity guide that highlights the achievements of Eloy Rodriguez, Ellen Ochoa, Mario Molina, and more. You can download the guide here.
March is Women’s History Month! Celebrate with your students using these activity guides about notable women throughout history.
Learn about the history behind women’s fight for suffrage here and how World War II changed women’s roles in society here with these Smithsonian Institute activity guides.
Did you know that women are responsible for hang gliders, windshield wipers, and shopping bags? This NIE guide highlights women inventors and their accomplishments. This contributes to the theme for this year’s Women’s History Month: Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
This EDSITEment! Curriculum guide shows that behind each president was a strong First Lady shaping and leading the country.
As Black History Month comes to an end, check out these EDSITEment! learning activities and an NIE teacher guide to celebrate African American innovators in sports, the arts, science and technology.
Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play on a major league baseball team and contributed to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. Learn more about his life here.
Analyze the famous poem “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, an African American Pulitzer prize winning poet, here.
Explore the biographies of African American achievers in science and technology, such as General Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. of the Tuskegee Airmen and astronaut Mae C. Jemison, here.
Photo: James Karales (1930–2002), Selma-to-Montgomery March for Voting Rights in 1965, 1965 http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Tuesday would’ve been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 84th birthday. Monday marks our nation’s celebration of his life and achievements in civil rights. Using this activity guide and lesson plan from EDsitement!, students can learn about King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and his commitment to equality through peaceful protest.
Follow this link for “I Have a Dream: Celebrating the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Boston Herald NIE Associate
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A new History Channel miniseries starts off with a bang- The Big Bang to be exact. Mankind: The Story of All of Us traces the history of humankind from the birth of the Universe 13 million years ago. The series takes the viewer through the discovery of fire to the building of the Great Wall of China and beyond.
Read Boston Herald’s review of the series here.
NIE teachers can access a curriculum guide to use with students while watching the six-part series, found here.
Mankind: The Story of All of Us premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on the History Channel.
Boston Herald NIE Associate
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