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Below you will find links and resources for teaching students about Africans and Native Americans in Colonial Florida, runaway slaves, maroon communities, and archaeology’s role in rediscovering the past:
Africans in Colonial Florida by Scott Fields: brought to you by the Polk County, Florida Public School System. Here students will learn about the contributions made by enslaved and free Africans to the development of colonial Florida under Spanish and British rulers. They will also discuss the differences in attitudes toward slavery among the Spanish and the British. Finally, students will then create a timeline. Students should know after completion of this lesson that slavery was, and still is, a horrible wrong inflicted on many different groups of people in the past. With that said, the institution of slavery in Spanish Florida was very different from the English view, which later became the view of the American South.
Intertwined History of Native and African Americans by Lori Hall and Piper Mislovic, R. Bruce Wagner Elementary School: Another fine lesson plan brought to you by the Polk County, Florida Public School System. This lesson plan will help students understand the history of the Underground Railroad beginning in the South, as well as the historical significance of the people of African descent among the Seminoles.
RUNAWAY SLAVES AND MAROON COMMUNITIES:
Roads to Freedom Lesson Plan: Getting Free in the South By Stephanie Kaufman: from the Slavery in America website, students will experience the Roads to Freedom and use the information as a starting point for further research. Using tools from the National Archives education site, students will learn in more depth about the various roads through the use of primary source documents.
Creativity and Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the Americas from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution: Designed to serve a broad audience of museum visitors, teachers, and students, this guide offers interdisciplinary activities for history, visual arts, social studies, creative writing, and music education. The materials can be adapted for all ages, from kindergarten students to adults.
Runaway Journeys from the Schomberg Center's "In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience," here are ten resource-rich lesson plans for grades 6 to 12.
Revolution: brought to you by PBS. The Teacher's Guide on the Web is an enhanced version of the print guide that accompanies the Africans in America video series. Each unit consists of two lessons: a general lesson that explores each 90-minute program and its companion Web content, and a focused lesson that highlights a short program segment and provides links to related primary sources.
Teaching Archaeology to African American Children: Maisha Washington is the Administrator of Education at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. A former teacher, Washington now spends her days educating other teachers and creating and managing educational programs. She recently worked with the children from her archaeological workshop at the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival in Annapolis where the children demonstrated their newly acquired skills to thousands of adults and children. Enjoy a five minute video workshop with Maisha!
Florida History Online is an educational website intended as a resource for teachers and scholars, students at all grade levels, and the general public. It offers free online access to transcribed Florida history documents. Interactive maps, primary documents, time-lines, portraits, biographies, searchable databases, scholarly analysis, interpretive narratives, lesson plans for educators, and other tools of digital technology are included in their digital archive. This is an extraordinary resource for teaching Florida history with primary documents. A must-see!
The Florida Memory Project presents a selection of historical records that illustrate significant moments in Florida history, educational resources for students of all ages and archival collections for historical research. The Project utilizes selected original records, photographs and other materials from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida.
PALMM (Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials) is a cooperative initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship. PALMM projects may involve a single university or may be collaborative efforts between a university and partners within or outside of the state university system. PALMM projects create high-quality virtual collections relevant to the students, research community and general citizenry of Florida. The Florida Historical Quarterly Collection at PALMM offers you free online access to many articles about Africans and Black Seminoles in Florida, including:
Black Seminoles in Texas and Mexico: from The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) at San Antonio, this website focuses on the history of the black Seminoles in a format suitable for general scholars, history buffs, or high school students. Their They Came from Florida page contains much useful information on the struggles of freedom-seekers in Colonial Florida.
The Homework Center: from the Multnoma County, Oregon public Library, this website is packed with resources for students and teachers. Their African American page contains a great many links to useful websites.
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