Black History Month The use of primary sources as a resources is at the center of the Common Core standards requirements. Curating these resources may cause a challenge to some, but there are many news organizations that makes this endeavor less challenging. The New York Times and the BBC have provided excellent multimedia resources in the recognition of Black History Month.

The New York Times and the Learning Network has once again published from their archives resources for learning and teaching African-Americans in history. Their updated resources spans history from the 1800’s to present day. Their multimedia resources includes:

  • historical front pages
  • articles
  • interactive graphics
  • videos
  • photographs
  • slideshows
  • op-eds
  • blog posts
  • crosswords
  • lesson plans
  • student opinion questions

Through this website teachers are sharing their focus of instruction and other resources they are using. The Learning Network encourages this valuable exchange of ideas. After all, it’s called The Learning Network.

WitnessAnother great primary source is provided by the BBC titled Witness. For Black History Month, the BBC have provided a collection of interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history. Definitely a resources worth listening to.

Poetry FoundationThe Poetry Foundation has complied poems that explore the African American experience.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 3.39.15 PM Read Works complied reading passages that includes primary sources.

This video was found by way of the United Kingdom’s Huffington Post celebration of Black History Month in October. I found it interesting, so thought I would share.