The DuSable Museum of African American History

Lesson Plans

DuSable Museum offers teachers the following lesson plans and worksheets for use in conjunction with a visit to the museum. We also offer suggested vocabulary lists for your students. Peruse our entire collection of lesson plans! Selections of lesson plans and resources include: African Women and the Origins of Mathematics, African Presence in the Americas Before Columbus, Women of the Civil War, The Economic Vestiges of Enslavement, Reparations and Bringing Visual Art into the Classroom.

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Introduction to the Illinois Amistad Curriculum

Introduction to the Amistad Curriculum - Dr. Oppong Waddie


Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards


African Women and the Origins of Mathematics

African Women and the Origin of Mathematics


The Pyramids of Giza: Marvel of Human Achievement

The Pyramids of Giza


The Libraries of Mali

Libraries of Mali


African Presence in the Americas Before Columbus

African Presence in the Americas before Columbus


Maafa – Great Tragedy

MAAFA Great Tragedy Was it a Trade


Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable

Jean Baptiste Point DuSable


Civil War: Active Partners in the Fight for Liberation and Freedom

Civil War Active Partners in the Fight for Liberation and Freedom


Women of the Civil War: She Fights for Liberty and Freedom

Women of the Civil War


The Rallying Cry: Battle Hymn of the Republic

The Rallying Cry Battle Hymn of the Republic African Americans in the Civil War


The Economic Vestiges of Enslavement

The Economic Vestiges of Enslavement


Built on Bondage American Ivy League Schools and Slavery

Built on Bondage American Ivy League Schools and Slavery


Reparations

Reparations


Harold Washington

Mayor Harold Washington The Right Man at the Right Time


Culture and Currents: Africanisms in America

Africanisms in American Culture


Bringing Visual Art into the Classroom

Bringing Visual Art into the Classroom


Mobile Museum Activity Guide

MuseumGuide


Suggested Vocabulary

The following suggested vocabulary lists can be introduced to students before visiting the museum.

Pre-Kindergarten

  • Africa
  • Community
  • Folktale
  • Kente Cloth
  • Kwanzaa
  • Village

Primary Grades

  • Artifact
  • Aviator
  • Authentic
  • Achievement
  • Biography
  • Document
  • Entrepreneur
  • Founder
  • Garments
  • Legislator
  • Masks
  • Mayor

Middle School & Secondary School

  • artifact
  • aviation
  • fraudulent
  • emancipation
  • legacy
  • mechanization
  • Primary resources
  • Secondary resources
  • authentic autobiography
  • Reconstruction Africa
  • segregation
  • Jim Crow laws
  • Civil Rights
  • Bronzeville
  • delta
  • Exodus
  • prosperity
  • Underground Railroad
  • research
  • fraudulent
  • Renaissance
  • enslavement
  • legislator
  • migration
  • testament
  • sharecropper