1. Teacher will display picture of Timothy Thomas Fortune (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flgatsaa/Fortune/Fortune.html). Ask students for identity of photo. After identifying Fortune, offer slide with his contributions. Read one of his poems to class. NOTE: Since Fortune and I were born in the same Florida county, I have a personal connection with his history. Try to find a prominent American-American former slave to whom you can relate due to common geography, interests, or background. This connection will make teacher sharing more meaningful and memorable to students.
2. Teacher will introduce slavery demographics using primary sources listed in lesson plan. Students will brainstorm effects of density and distribution of pre-Civil War slave population.
3. Teacher will lead students to conduct a search for American-American contributions to varied areas of American history and culture. This may be accomplished as a large/ small group or individual activity as in-class or out-of-class assignment. Possible sites are the following:
- Black Studies: Profiles of Important African-Americans
- Famous Firsts by African-Americans
- Notable African-American Women
- Notable African-American Biographies
- The State Historical Society of Missouri: Famous Missourians- African-Americans
- Missouri State Archives: Missouri’s African-American History
- African-Americans Contributions to Missouri’s Economy
NOTE: Similar resources may be found at the websites of comparable institutions in all states.
4. Students will prepare and present a PowerPoint presentation including the following minimally required slides:
- Introduction (Names of group members/presentation title- 1 slide)
- History of slavery in US and home state (3 slides)
- Slave population density in United States (1 slide)
- Slave population demographics in home state (2 slides)
- List of at least five African-Americans and their contributions (5 slides)
- Detailed information on selected African-American from home state (3 slides)
- Summary (1 slide)
- Credits (2 slides): Include contributions by each group member as well as sources used for construction of presentation.
NOTE: Above requirements must be met to receive a passing grade on presentation.
Virtual Classroom: Information would be placed within course in its learning platform. Assignment could be completed as a required collaborative assignment. Presentation could be made using Elluminate or similar program. Skype could also be used if students are not in-country. Rubric could be adapted for virtual classroom. Discussion board area or Wiki could be used for student communications and presentation planning and construction.