Our students created a website
to deliver curriculum across the world toK-12 graders
on the rich cultural, civic history of Mound Bayou, Mississippi,
one of the first and only all black townships in America.
Students visited Mound Bayou to meet elders, interview
and videotape them, and create coloring books and storybooks
which accurately reflected the town's history. When they
returned, students developed the books, games based on
the history of the town, and other activities. Students
then put it all together into a website offering downloadable
curriculum materials, and then offered two evenings of
Teacher staff development and taught the curriculum and
introduced the website. Many
materials created by the students are completely downloadable,
found on this site, and are ready for use by other teachers.
Students learn the history of
Mound Bayou; students have connection to Mound Bayou; students
perform Service Learning for Mound Bayou residents; students
create curriculum reflecting the history of Mound Bayou
(which did not previously exist in print or online); students
present class, outcomes and curriculum materials electronically,
with taste and respect. Students showcase work and spread
the word about this unit as a black history curriculum
Rubrics are included for the
academic portion of the unit as well as the service-learning
component, technology and a final presentation.
In this unit, students become
the experts and train teachers on this areas of the country.
This unit allowed my students to expand their cultural
and civic activism and enthusiasm. Students were also
challenged technologically, which led to greater skill
enhancement. Our history of Mound Bayou was literally
the first of its kind--no one had previously recorded
information to the degree we had.
The technology skills that are demanded
by this unit are very high; you may want to team up the most tech-savvy
students with the least tech-savvy students in the class and develop
a buddy system.|
This curriculum can be adapted for any other location that students
would like to research, learn more about, travel to, and develop
a curriculum for.
Teacher: Tina Murray
About the teacher:
Tina Murray is a Technology Teacher at Malcolm Shabazz Alternative
High School in Madison, Wisconsin.