The Ultimate Guide to the Best Evidence Based Homeschool Curriculums for Black Children in 2020
14 October 2020
Black history, especially pre-colonial history, is necessary to understand ourselves, basic humanity, and the world we live in. The historical record gives us insight to a time period that has passed. It helps us know our roots, our ancestors’ struggles, sacrifices and achievements. This knowledge is power to prevent racial and cultural inequality. These are the building blocks of our beings that shape our identities, values and traditions. Here are the best evidence based homeschooling curriculums for black children:
306 – Black History Curriculum for High School
EVERFI’s 306 – Black History curriculum is a digital course that uses important primary texts to introduce students to African American history in science, academia, music, and the arts, and presents history in a way that builds on students’ leadership skills. In 306, students have a unique opportunity to study and reflect on key themes in African American history that highlight critical life skills such as determination, resilience, intellect, creativity, and ambition.
- Lesson 1: Slavery in the United States
- Lesson 2: Emancipation and Reconstruction
- Lesson 3: Jim Crow
- Lesson 4: Civil Rights and Beyond
- Lesson 5: Capstone Exercise: Essay
2. THE 1619 PROJECT
Inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine
Lesson plans avaliable at the Pulitzer Center
Grades: All Grades
The 1619 Project is a digital tool, supported by a community of educators, to provide free lesson plans based on author, subject area, issues, grade level, and media. If interested in a specific lesson not yet available, members from the Project are interested in partnering to create new lessons. Programs engage students, foster curiosity, and encourage critical thinking.
3. 1776 UNITE
Cost: Free with Registration
K-8 (Coming Soon)
The 1776 Unites curriculum includes lesson plans, assignments, discussion questions, multimedia, and other resources. The curriculum can used anywhere a child’s character is formed, whether that is in the classroom, after-school program, summer camp, church, or at home.
- Black History: Biddy Mason (1818-1891)
- Black History: Elijah McBoy (1844-1929)
- Building Character: The Woodson Principles
4. AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
Grades: All Grades
This website is a collaborative project of several federal agencies including Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institute to pay tribute to generations of African Americans in the United States. Besides holding a tremendous amount of material documenting the African American experience, this project also highlights the resources online. These resources include exhibits, collections, audio, and video. A “For Teachers” section provides free educational resources from each of the collaborating agencies.
5. BLACK HISTORY 365
Cost: $150 (e-book), $175 (textbook)
Grades: All Grades
Black History 365 (BH365) is a U.S. History curriculum offered as textbook or ebook that documents stories of Black people and cultures in North America, beginning in Africa and continuing to modern times. This resource can be used as a stand-alone book or as a supplemental text. It includes interactive instructor resources that engage all learners in meaningful conversations with teachers, peers and families.
- Unit 1: Ancient Africa
- Unit 2: The Transatlantic Slave Trade
- Unit 3: The American System – The Forming Thereof
- Unit 4: Emancipation and Reconstruction
- Unit 5: The Great Migration and its Aftermath
- Unit 6: Civil Right and American Justice
- Unit 7: The Economic System
- Unit 8: Pop Culture and Black Wealth
- Unit 9: The Lone Star State: Texas
- Unit 10: The North Star: Canada
This resource is provided as a “National Version” and a “Texas Version”.
6. WOKE HOMESCHOOLING
Grades: 3-7, 8-12
The Oh Freedom! curriculum is offered as a religious-based or secular-based, downloadable digital 38-week program. The curriculum content includes books, playlists, videos and much more. A membership will also provide access to class videos and assignments.
- Week 1: Ancient Native Cultures
- Week 2: Life Before Colonization
- Week 3: The Arawaks Encounter Columbus
- Week 4: New World?
- Week 5: The Birth of Race and Chattel Slavery
7. BLOSSOM & ROOT
A RIVER OF VOICES
Grades: All Grades
A River of Voices is a 36-week history curriculum that can be used as a stand-alone resource or supplement.
There are three pathways which can be used independent of each other or mixed.
- The Gentle Pathway: K-2 and More Sensitive Learners
- The Standard Pathway: 3-8 The Foundational Pathway
- The Advanced Pathway: Additional Resources for Older Learners
Overview of African American Lessons
- A Child’s Introduction to African American History
- 1001 Things Everyone Should Know about African American History
Black History in America Teaching Guide
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Culture and Change: The Black History in America Teaching Guide provides an in-depth look into the African American experience through interviews, historical sketches, graphic organizers, and interactive lessons. This resource also includes activities that allow students to share their thoughts and feelings about topics discussed.
- African American Inventors and Trailblazers
- Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights
- Breaking Barriers with Melba Pattillo
Scholastic also offers homeschool resources including PK-8 curriculum resources by grade level, culturally relevant book lists, and printables; Homeschooling Parent Guide with tips for homeschool success; Learning Toolkit Blog; and Book Clubs.
9. EDUCATION FOR LIFE ACADEMY
The Standing on the Shoulders of Giants “Teach & Learn” Black History Curriculum
Cost: Sample for Free
The Standing on the Shoulders of Giants “Teach & Learn” Black History Curriculum provides students with focus questions, learning objectives, suggestions for further study and easy online access. This comprehensive curriculum covers Black history from the origins of human life 200,000 years ago in Africa to the contemporary period by engaging students through an exploration of primary source documents including maps, timelines, newspaper and journal articles, hundreds of photographs, slideshows, documentaries, videos, e-books, and more.
- Unit 1: The Origins of African History (200,000 B.C. – 476 A.D.)
- Unit 2: Pre-Colonial Africa (1 A.D. – 1899 A.D.) Coming Soon!