Keeping the Faith: African Americans Return to Congress, 1929–1970

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The third instructional activity in a unit that traces the history of African Americans serving in the US Congress examines the period from 1929 through 1970. After reading a contextual essay that details the few African Americans elected to Congress and the racial conditions they faced, class members choose a Black member of Congress from this era and develop an exhibit that presents details of the person's life and congressional service.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Develop a reading guide for the contextual essay to support readers and keep them focused on the lengthy (eight sections) essay
  • Keep the exhibits posted throughout the seven-lesson unit
Classroom Considerations
  • The contextual essay is complex; most appropriate for advanced high school readers
  • Third of seven lessons in a series designed to be taught in order
  • Computers with internet access are required
Pros
  • The four-page packet includes a detailed lesson plan, discussion, comprehension, critical thinking questions, and extensions
  • Offers a choice of two main activities
Cons
  • None