FHSD Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on 02/03/2020
Black History Month


In honor of Black History Month, students in FHSD are participating in a variety of activities, lesson plans, research projects, and more to learn about the influence of African American figures and events in our country’s history. Below is a list of what FHSD schools have planned throughout the month:

Kindergarten students across FHSD will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy in a variety of books and videos.

First Grade students will spend time researching a variety of famous African Americans, such as Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson. Students will learn about the struggles these heroes overcame and how they paved the way for equality in the United States.

Second Grade students will learn about primary and secondary resources while researching Martin Luther King Jr. They will have an opportunity to listen to recordings of his speeches, read letters he wrote, and hear narratives from those he was close to throughout his life. In addition, students will learn about the challenges Martin Luther King Jr. worked hard to overcome and how he used peaceful protests as a way to educate others.

Third Grade will focus on the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to our society. Students will think about how our country would be different today if he hadn't been born. In addition, they will take part in a constructive process for resolving conflicts and analyzing peaceful resolutions, just as Martin Luther King Jr. once did.

Fourth Grade will study famous African Americans from Missouri who made significant contributions to our state. They will learn about the challenges they had to overcome in order to achieve success and change.

Fifth Grade students will study famous African Americans and their contributions during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Students will learn about the challenges African Americans faced during the wars and how they were a vital part of the war effort and change agents for the future.

Socal Studies teachers at Barnwell Middle School will put up bulletin boards in their respective hallways. A tribute to unsung heroes and events in African American History will be presented during the morning announcements.

Character Crew at Bryan Middle School is presenting a Black History Month lesson as part of the Patriot Times. Student daily announcements will include a spotlight on a prominent African American and their contribution to the U.S.

Francis Howell Middle School eighth graders will write an essay that centers on Harriet Tubman’s greatest achievement or the situations of free blacks in the north during the nineteenth century. Sixth grade is focusing on the country of Africa and will discuss Nelson Mandela. Character Connection teachers will also teach lessons regarding Black History Month. In addition, student announcements will feature notable African Americans.

The eighth graders at Hollenbeck Middle School will learn about American reforms and the abolition of slavery. They will learn about African Americans and their contribution to the cause of abolition. Sixth graders will read and discuss Nelson Mandela and his accomplishments for the people of South Africa and the rest of the world.

During Saeger Middle School’s Spartan Time, students will share a presentation/ video highlighting various achievements of African Americans. A “gallery walk” will cycle on the monitors in the Library Media Center and café focusing on notable African Americans and their achievements throughout the month.

Francis Howell High School students will learn about the Civil Rights Movement in ninth grade U.S. History and explore the contributions made by African Americans. They will participate in a WebQuest activity to learn about the first African American fighter pilot squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen. Students will read about the pilots' training, the group's influence on military segregation, and the accomplishments of individual airmen. They will then answer questions and apply this information by assuming the role of a 1940s reporter and writing an editorial in support of military integration.

Students will also use primary resources to look at the Double V Campaign by African Americans during World War II. Lessons will focus on the impact of imperialism in Africa and highlight important historical figures, including Booker T. Washington, WEB DuBois, Elijah McCoy, and George Washington Carver. Students will then complete a Rosa Parks magazine article assignment for the Civil Rights unit and listen to the “I Have a Dream” speech. Additionally, there will be discussions on the causes and demographic/cultural changes of the Great Migration as part of the 1920’s unit.

At Francis Howell Central, students will participate in a weekly spirit day. Each week will highlight themes pertaining to historical and influential African Americans and will feature a daily spotlight quote, as well as an interactive informational board. On Feb. 10, the Missouri History Museum will perform the ACTivist Project presentation. On Feb. 21, the St. Louis Public Library and Griot Museum traveling exhibits will present Touch Trunks and "Where'd You Go to High School: The Black High School Experience in St. Louis." In addition, Xavier Blackwell, Coordinator of Leadership Education at UMSL, will speak with students during the Black History Month Assembly on Feb. 28

At Francis Howell North High School social studies classes will focus on topics such as the World War II Tuskegee Airmen and the Civil Rights Movement along with civil rights legislation. Students will also discuss Civil Rights legislation and important figures in Black History, including Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Little Rock Nine.

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