Teacher Guide

African-Americans Impact America

By Jeffrey Taylor
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"What impact have African-Americans had on American society?"

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Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings
  • Students will understand how African-Americans helped change America.
  • Students will learn about the contributions of African-Americans.
  • Students will learn that Black History Month is important to all races.
Learning Objectives
  • Students will construct a biographical storyboard.
  • Students will create a PowerPoint slideshow.
California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Six
ELA.6.2.0. Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)
Structural Features of Informational Materials
ELA.6.2.1. Identify the structural features of popular media (e.g., newspapers, magazines, online information) and use the features to obtain information.
Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text
ELA.6.2.3. Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships to other sources and related topics.
ELA.6.2.4. Clarify an understanding of texts by creating outlines, logical notes, summaries, or reports.
ELA.6.1.0. Writing Strategies
Organization and Focus
ELA.6.1.1. Choose the form of writing (e.g., personal letter, letter to the editor, review, poem, report, narrative) that best suits the intended purpose.
ELA.6.1.2. Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions:
a. Engage the interest of the reader and state a clear purpose.
b. Develop the topic with supporting details and precise verbs, nouns, and adjectives to paint a visual image in the mind of the reader.
c. Conclude with a detailed summary linked to the purpose of the composition.
ELA.6.1.3. Use a variety of effective and coherent organizational patterns, including comparison and contrast; organization by categories; and arrangement by spatial order, order of importance, or climactic order.
Research and Technology
ELA.6.1.4. Use organizational features of electronic text (e.g., bulletin boards, databases, keyword searches, e-mail addresses) to locate information.
ELA.6.1.5. Compose documents with appropriate formatting by using word-processing skills and principles of design (e.g., margins, tabs, spacing, columns, page orientation).
Evaluation and Revision
ELA.6.1.6. Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency of ideas within and between paragraphs.
ELA.6.2.0. Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.6.2.3. Write research reports:
a. Pose relevant questions with a scope narrow enough to be thoroughly covered.
b. Support the main idea or ideas with facts, details, examples, and explanations from multiple authoritative sources (e.g., speakers, periodicals, online information searches).
c. Include a bibliography.
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.6.1.0. Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.6.1.1. Use simple, compound, and compound-complex sentences; use effective coordination and subordination of ideas to express complete thoughts.
ELA.6.1.2. Identify and properly use indefinite pronouns and present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect verb tenses; ensure that verbs agree with compound subjects.
ELA.6.1.3. Use colons after the salutation in business letters, semicolons to connect independent clauses, and commas when linking two clauses with a conjunction in compound sentences.
ELA.6.1.4. Use correct capitalization.
ELA.6.1.5. Spell frequently misspelled words correctly (e.g., their, they're, there).
Listening and Speaking
ELA.6.1.0. Listening and Speaking Strategies
ELA.6.1.6. Support opinions with detailed evidence and with visual or media displays that use appropriate technology.
ELA.6.1.7. Use effective rate, volume, pitch, and tone and align nonverbal elements to sustain audience interest and attention.
ELA.6.2.0. Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.6.2.2. Deliver informative presentations:
a. Pose relevant questions sufficiently limited in scope to be completely and thoroughly answered.
b. Develop the topic with facts, details, examples, and explanations from multiple authoritative sources (e.g., speakers, periodicals, online information).