African American Studies History

Little Rock Nine Webquest

This WebQuest, designed by Tom March for Pacific Bell Education First, prompts students to think about the nine African-American students who, back in 1957, chose to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas and thus forced Americans to question segregated schools. Still, the WebQuest isn't about history, it's about the world we live in and the choices our communities have made in the past and students will make in the future. The activity can be used by students collaborating across schools to gain a broader perspective or even participating in a special Civil Rights videoconference with the Museum of Television & Radio. Finally, this activity takes the WebQuest strategy one step father by using interactive Transformation Builders to facilitate higher order thinking.

Education First: Black History Activities

Black History Month offers five different activities you can use depending on your learning goals and students. The strategies come from Working the Web for Education. Briefly, "Black History Hotlist" offers pre-searched Internet resources, "Sampling African America" hooks learners effectively, "Black History Treasure Hunt" helps students interactively acquire knowledge and formulate a thesis statement, and "Tuskegee Tragedy: a WebQuest" prompts students to think critically about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and other controversial issues. The last activity is a special course delivered by The Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills for classrooms and libraries with ISDN-based videoconferencing.

Escape to Freedom Headbone Derby

Created by Headbone and sponsored by the History Channel, this Internet research adventure on the Underground Railroad is designed for classroom use during the month of February (Black History Month). With a printable Teacher's Guide, this is one of a series of online adventures that help teachers integrate the Internet into classroom activities. Participating classrooms will be eligible to win TVs, VCRs and educational video libraries.