Have you looked at your curriculum recently? Are African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and other people of color included regularly throughout your lessons? Often, unintentionally, they are left out because in many ways our curriculum hasn't changed in many years. Much of what has become part of our educational canon was determined at a time in our history where the works of people of color were not deemed worthy of academic study.
With this idea in mind I created a Freebie last year that encourages your students to conduct a little research exercise to see what their curriculum presents them with. Ideally this sparks conversation and helps students determine whether we "need" a Black History Month or not. Maybe, at your school, you really don't! (That'd be awesome!)
In English classes it's easy to incorporate Black History! Why not teach A Raisin in the Sun this month? Or take a look at poets such as Langston Hughes? The product below uses two poems from Langston Hughes to prepare students for reading A Raisin in the Sun but it can be used, easily, without the play.
We all have to do our part to make sure marginalized voices; women, people of color, disabled, LGBTQ are heard. There is high quality literature from and about all of these groups. What are some of your favorites to include?
Thanks for reading!