Lively Lessons: Black History Month

During the month of February we recognize Black History month to honor Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln and numerous others that impacted the achievements of African Americans. Engage your students in honoring Black History month by having them write or record a news report highlighting a selected eScreen Shot 2015-02-13 at 3.34.15 PM 1vent. This video provides a timeline of major events and is a good reference for students.

Students might write news reports about the eventful day in August 1963 when Martin Luther King made his “I have a dream” speech during the march on Washington, D.C.

To help students understand the setting and time period, play a recording of the speech, view others’ reactions and show pictures of the event before having students research, write and record their news reports.



When sharing a number of resources for students to review, there are a few tools educators have access to. If you already have the resources saved in a My Content folder, you can assign that folder to students with a few clicks.

First, Go to My Content and locate the folder. Using the Action button, select Assign. 

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Then, set the assignment dates and select the class or students you’d like to assign the folder to.

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You can also select individual resources from your folder and assign them to students.

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Students can access the assigned folder by logging in to Discovery Education Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 3.51.51 PM







Give students options for how to complete the  their  assignment. They might present live to the class, record a podcast or video. Students could also create a Board Builder to showcase both their research and final product (a video or essay).

Don’t forget to explore the Black History Month Content Collection to access videos, writing prompts, discussion guides & activities!

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Share the ways you are honoring Black History Month with your students. What tools have you used to share digital resources with your students? Share your ideas in the comments, below.




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