From WE SHALL OVERCOME To YES WE CAN!: Our First African-American President – A Blog-Quest Curriculum for Fifth Grade – Robert Ross, Teaching Artist & Frank H. Jump, Cert. Instructional Technology Specialist

(Left) Scene in Whitehall Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 1864. Note building with sign reading Auction & Negro Sales, a slave trade business. Slave auction ad (middle) On right: Scars of a whipped slave (April 2, 1863, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Original caption: Overseer Artayou Carrier whipped me. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping. My master come after I was whipped; he discharged the overseer. The very words of poor Peter, taken as he sat for his picture. - Wikipedia

(Left) Scene in Whitehall Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 1864. Note building with sign reading "Auction & Negro Sales", a slave trade business. Slave auction ad (middle) On right: Scars of a whipped slave (April 2, 1863, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Original caption: Overseer Artayou Carrier whipped me. I was two months in bed sore from the whipping. My master come after I was whipped; he discharged the overseer. The very words of poor Peter, taken as he sat for his picture. - Wikipedia

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I. Slavery in the New World: Which Side Are You On?
II. Abolitionists & The Underground Railroad
III. The Civil War: A Moral Dilemma Tears Apart The Nation
IV. Reconstruction: From Bondage to the Ballot Box to Public Office
V. The Jim Crow Era
VI. We Shall Overcome: Brown v. The Board of Education
VII. I Have A Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s & 1960s
VIII. African Americans in High Places in the USA
IX. Yes We Can: Barack Obama Becomes Our First African-American President
X. Recording Session

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Project created and written by Robert “Bluesman” Ross
This project is made possible with funds from the Local Capacity Building Initiative, a regrant program of the Arts in Education Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by BRIC Arts / Media / Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Project designed for blog by lead teacher, Frank H. Jump.

Robert Ross has worked with our school through BRIC’s Rotunda Gallery. This grant was written by Ross for our school, PS 119, where I teach technology. I took Ross’s curriculum, in which the task for students is to write four lines of rhyme or rap for each section, and created a blog-quest with links to the songs and lyrics, in addition to providing powerful images culled from the Internet with additional links and resources. Feel free to use this in your classrooms. Please leave comments.

7 responses to “From WE SHALL OVERCOME To YES WE CAN!: Our First African-American President – A Blog-Quest Curriculum for Fifth Grade – Robert Ross, Teaching Artist & Frank H. Jump, Cert. Instructional Technology Specialist

  1. I am glad to hear of Arts in Education monies being used for the teaching of academic curriculum. The arts can inform all other parts of the curriculum. For students, the arts connect everything together, encouraging integrative thinking in youngsters and adults alike. I have tried to sound that call loudly during over 30 years of arts in education work, and to demonstrate how that can be done in the new book I co-authored entitled “Teaching Curriculum Through the Arts.” I can only hope that more people will hear this message and begin to teach in this powerful way.

  2. Very much indeed!

    • Check out the rest of my site. I teach technology through the curriculum (music and art included) and have been documenting vintage advertising for over 12 years now. Enjoy!

  3. Hey Frank,
    I skimmed through the rest of your site and find it fascinating. I publish an on-line newsletter for free to an international mailing list of 8,000 + entitled “The Journal for Enlightened Education: New Realities for Our Children” and would like very much to feature the Civil War curriculum work of you and Robert Ross in our next issue. Typically, we put in a paragraph about cutting edge things we find in education, the arts, health, jobs, funding, humor, literary selection, and then provide links for people to go directly to the site and explore further. Could I have permission to include your curriculum this next time? I would also love to send (via email) the newsletter to both you and Robert (and of course anyone who reads this blog and wants to subscribe).
    Thanks. You are doing important work.

    Ronn
    http://www.creativeeducationalsystems.com

  4. Go for it! Thanks for the recognition. I will forward you Robert’s e-mail for your mailing.🙂

    Best,
    Frank

  5. Hi Frank and Ronn
    Yes, please do contact us about the article about our education work. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Robert