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An African American Journey: A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States is a teacher’s resource guide developed by the museum and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). This resource guide for grades 4-8 offers 43 lessons on social studies, language arts and the fine arts that highlight the contributions of African Americans in Maryland and the nation. The museum and MSDE are finalizing high school lessons

Elementary and Middle School
View sample lessons and download them, including a lesson on the Baltimore Uprising of 2015.  To obtain a full copy, please contact the education department at 443-263-1829 or click here to email a request for a full copy of the curriculum

High School
View sample lessons and download them from the Maryland State Department of Education website.

Lessons Connected to Our Exhibitions
The Kinsey Collection, spans 400 years of African American history and culture, including an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. View lessons built around pieces in the collection here (79mb)This exhibition has left the museum.

Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World is a collection of early 20th-century portraits of African Americans by artist Ruth Starr Rose, documenting the daily life and spiritual beliefs of one of the nation’s oldest black communities in Talbot County, Maryland. With support from the Maryland Humanities Council, six integrated art lessons (grades 3-12) were developed by educators from Anne Arundel and Talbot County Public Schools. These lessons can be integrated into daily instructional planning.

School Programs Guide

Learn about our full menu of school tours; theatrical performances in our theater for school groups about prominent African Americans; and other opportunities for students through the museum. Included in the guide is information about professional development opportunities for Maryland educators to obtain recertification credits through course work exploring the curriculum, An African American Journey. Download a copy of the 2015-2016 School Program Guide by clicking here.

Professional Development

The Museum offers Maryland educators professional development classes earning recertification credits exploring the curriculum, An African American Journey.  These courses will utilize curriculum lessons and strategies for teaching African American history in the classroom.  Maryland educators will earn one credit towards teacher recertification upon completing the course. Course offerings comply with State Curriculum Standards. To register for a course please call the education department at 443-263-1829 or by email at Taylor@lewismuseum.org.

 

Courses

 

Teaching the 2015 Baltimore Uprising- A Mini-Unit: How Socio-cultural, Political and Historical Factors Inspired Community Activism
Date : Friday, October 16, 2015, Time: 8:30 am to 4 pm

For fall 2015 in conjunction with Maryland’s statewide professional development, a one-day teacher’s workshop focusing on the Baltimore unrest will be offered.  Led by Dr. Brian Morrison of The William J. Watkins, Sr. Educational Institute and former Supervisor of Social Studies for Baltimore County and lead curriculum consultant for An African American Journey, teachers from grades 6-12 will explore the underlying causes and solutions of the Baltimore Uprising - what occurred during the uprising and its aftermath using the Devin Allen: Awakenings in a New Light exhibit as the focal point. Using visual imagery from the exhibit, primary sources and expertise from the West Baltimore community, teachers will better understand the contextual framework of the unrest.  
Teachers will examine three curriculum lessons about the various issues and topics around the Baltimore unrest. Participating teachers will earn 2 MSDE credits once they have completed the requirements for the course, which includes attending the workshop, classroom instruction & feedback as well as demonstrated examples of students’ works. To register, contact Terry Taylor at Terry.Taylor@lewismuseum.org or 443-263-1829.

                                                                               MSDE Credit Earned: 2 credit hours
 

 

African Americans and the Early 20th Century (1900-1945) 
Date: April 2, 9 and 16, 2016, 2015, Time: 9 am to 2 pm

Exploring early 20th African American History from the 1900-1945, this course will look at historical and cultural events that impacted the African American community such as the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance.  Teachers will dialogue with regional scholars, receive course instruction on African American Journey lessons and participate in hands on educational activities.  This course will include lessons covering social studies, literature and the fine arts. To register, contact Terry Taylor at Terry.Taylor@lewismuseum.org or 443-263-1829.

MSDE Credit Earned: 1 credit hour
 

 

 

Colonial and Early African American Experience (1600-1860)
Date: July 27- July 29, 2016, Time: 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Educators will examine Maryland slavery from the colonial era to the mid-1800s. Participants will receive content lectures by regional scholars, interactive instruction and a field trip to the Eastern Shore to visit sites connected to the Underground Railroad. To register, contact Terry Taylor at Terry.Taylor@lewismuseum.org or 443-263-1829.


MSDE Credit Earned: 1 credit hour Cost: $30 for trip expenses

 

 

 

 

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