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Best Web Sites for
African-American History


Note: In order to qualify for most of Larrys lists, a site has to be

  • accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users.
  • free-of-charge.
  • appropriate for classroom use.
  • completely browser-based with no download required.


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February is Black History Month in the United States. I thought a "Best" list focusing on African-American history would be timely and helpful. All the sites on this list -- and many more -- can be found on my Web site under African-Americans. You also might be interested in The Best Web Sites for Learning About Martin Luther King.

Here then are my picks for The Best Web Sites to Teach and Learn About African-American History (not in any order of preference):

  • The History Channels Black History site contains many videos, quizzes, images, and much information.
  • The Encyclopedia Britannicas Guide to Black History provides a ton of resources.
  • Time For Kids offers very accessible materials on Black History.
  • Scholastics Black History in America is also very accessible.
  • The Biography Channels Black History site offers a number of online videos and other features, including a nice Photo Gallery.
  • Free At Last is an excellent interactive timeline from the BBC.
  • Black Voices has a large number of very engaging -- and visual --resources.
  • PBS provides quite a few online video clips from the renowned documentary "Eyes on the Prize."
  • Channel One offers many excellent resources on Black History.
  • Kulture Kidz has simple and accessible materials on Black History.
  • TIME Magazine offers a slideshow called From Emmett Till To Barack Obama.
  • MSNBC includes several high-quality interactives on its Black History Month page.
  • Enchanted Learning has quite a few very simple resources on African-American History Month that are accessible to Early Intermediate ELLs.
  • Black History in America is a resource from Scholastic.
  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has published a series of articles written in simple English about accomplished African-Americans in history.
  • The Smithsonian has created an incredible African American Cultural Heritage Tour with images, audio, questions, quizzes, and the ability for users to register and have their own virtual notebook.
  • The Guardian, a UK newspaper, has a well-done interactive timeline on Black History that offers an international flavor.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle just published this Interactive Timeline of African-American History. It covers the last two hundred years.
  • InfoPlease provides a simple African-American History timeline too.
  • The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has another timeline with a nifty interface.
  • The Verizon Foundations Thinkfinity resources on Black History Month bring together a good collection of useful links.
  • Ive posted several times in the past about how much I like Brainpop for my ELL students, and that its one of the very, very few Web applications out there I think is worth paying for. Brainpop has a Black History Month collection thats pretty impressive. Again, you have to subscribe in order to view the collection, but you can sign up for a free trial offer. Plus, two of the movies in this particular collection are free for viewing without signing up.
  • EL Civics, which is on many of my "Best" lists, also offers a series of resources on Black History Month.
  • Journalist Cynthia Tucker has written an article saying that Black History Month should be eliminated. It isnt accessible to English Language Learners, but a teacher could frame the question, and its background, in a comprehensible and engaging way.
  • Teachnology provides a number of accessible worksheets related to African American history that can be printed.
  • The Dos and Donts of Teaching Black History is a good guide from Teaching Tolerance.

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Larry Ferlazzo
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02/12/2010



 

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