Faculty Publications

Black History: African Heritage; American Heritage

Joan Duea, University of Northern Iowa


Providing elementary school teachers with materials to enhance student awareness of black heritage is the goal of this unit. Each of the 10 lessons includes objectives; materials; and procedures as well as supplementary materials that may be duplicated for student use. The land and people of Africa are studied in lessons one through three. Games; folktales; and songs are used in lesson four to study African culture. Children simulate a safari to learn the different countries of Africa. Lesson five explores the journey of blacks from slavery to freedom. Black contributions to U.S. society in politics; science and industry; art; athletics; scholarship; and political activism are emphasized in lesson six. Soul food; folk heroes; games; and songs are provided in lessons 8 through 10 to further understanding of black American culture. (SM)