On yesterday, my scholars completed research on major events and influential people in African American history (click here to view yesterday's lesson). Today, is the culminating activity, putting the actual Black History Photo Story together. During today's lesson, I work with students on selecting appropriate pictures, fine tuning their narratives, and selecting music for our class Black History Photo Story. Click here to view online instructions on how to create a Microsoft Photo Story 3. (Teacher may want to view this prior to the lesson in order that you may better assist students.)
We come together as a whole group to share the finished product of the Microsoft Photo Story on African-American history. In order that students engaged in the viewing as active participants, I had them to write down one burning question they still have after completing our Black History unit. Some students questioned how blacks and whites could be beaten in the Civil Rights Movement marches and not fight back. Others questioned why white people disliked black people so much. This turned into a "teachable moment" for me to teach my students that no matter what other people think of you, you are no less a human being than anybody else. No matter what color you are, you still deserve the same equal rights as any body else. Also, it is important to note that in order to gain equal rights, people do not have to use violence in order to make a point. In fact, non-violence is much more effective. Not only are people's lives saved but it is a much more civilized approach to handling disagreements.
To close this lesson and unit, I explain to my scholars that although Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated right here in our beloved city of Memphis, TN, his dream did not die. It lives on and they can continue his dream of ensuring that all people no matter what color or economic status have equality and freedom that should be afforded to all world citizens.