WHITTIER, Calif. (February 28, 2017) — From preschool to middle school, we integrate learning about influential African Americans into the curriculum during Black History month and throughout the year. Here are just a few examples of the rich opportunities students have had across campus:
-The Broadoaks preschool sets out multi-cultural books for children to explore and discuss in the World and Peaceful Areas of the classroom.
-Kindergarten continues to read and discuss the contributions of notable figures such as Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
-First grade’s spring event will showcase influential people of different cultures and influential women.
-Second grade has also studied influential African Americans and will extend this study during their social studies unit focused on famous people in history.
-Third graders researched African American leaders and created a quilt square based on their leader. All of the squares were connected and showcased in the classroom.
-Fourth grade has been studying famous musicians and the genre of music they created. Their study includes research on the musician’s life, influences, and accomplishments.
-Fifth grade has been exploring poetry by notable African American authors, such as Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes, in their poetry unit. They have focused on poetry as a tool for authors to share their experience, culture, and perspective.
-In sixth grade, students chose a famous activist to research for their February research report. All of the activists chosen either fought for the rights of African Americans or women. Sixth grade will also participate in a poetry study of famous African American poets, focusing on the major themes communicated in the poems.
-Middle school will be writing biographies of African Americans in various fields, including famous poets and scientists.
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