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African American History Month at Montclair Public Schools

Montclair Public Schools will celebrate African American History month with a variety of educational and enrichment activities throughout the month of February.  Although African American history is integrated throughout our year-long curriculum at all levels, teachers and students will make a concerted effort throughout the month of February to further explore significant African American historical figures and associated events.  Displays throughout schools will feature art, literature and general information reinforcing the curricular programs while a multitude of assemblies, programs and classroom-specific activities will emphasize the history and significance of African Americans throughout history.

We invite you to review these activities; converse with school leaders and teachers; and visit our schools as we acknowledge the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

Ronald Bolandi
Interim Superintendent
Dr. Kendra Johnson
Assistant Superintendent for Equity

Activities in the Individual Schools
Click on each name, below, for details

Bradford School

In our school community:

The entire school will participate in a “Principles of Hip Hop” dance assembly.  The assembly will explore the roots of the hip hop culture. The performance stresses respect, youth empowerment, health and fitness, and cooperation. It also teaches students how hip-hop evolved from African American communities to a global audience.

In our classrooms:

Ms. Chisholm’s students will:

  • Examine American Musical Theater (Broadway).
  • K-5:  Listen to Take the A Train using a sound map.
  • 1st: Examine Hakuna Matata from The Lion King.
  • 3rd: Examine Hello Dolly by Jerry Herman.

Ms. Bailey’s and Ms. Metziner’s students will:

  • Discuss influential African Americans (i.e., Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson, and Lonnie Johnson).
  • Examine the meaning of equality and living in harmony.

Ms. Cahill’s students will:

  • Examine influential African Americans.

Ms. Richardson’s, Ms. Barroqueiro’s, Ms. Grodner’s and Ms. Gismondi’s students will:

  • Examine African American scientists.
  • Complete biographies on African American.

Ms. Chanin’s students will:

  • Participate in discussions about race sparked by Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester.
  • Complete an art project/writing response to encourage others to have conversations about race.

Ms. Durber’s students will:

  • Research people, places and things related to the African American experience in the United States.

Ms. Russo’s students will:

  • Read and discuss biographies of various important figures of African American heritage.
  • Write original biographies of one person and present to the class.

Ms. Macaluso’s students will:

  • Read aloud several books relating to African and/or African American experiences.
  • Explore the various countries Africans were taken from and the route ships took to the Americas. Maps/Timeline.
  • Create a patchwork quilt.
  • Write a biography on a famous African American during this time periods (inventors, government officials, writers, poets, film makers/stars, sports figures, etc.).
  • Participate in a culminating play.

Ms. Evangelista and Mr. Laxamana’s students will:

  • Examine contributions of African Americans in the United States.
  • Research and develop a report that includes an oral presentation.

Ms. Hall’s and Ms. Freeh’s students will:

  • Examine African American history including slavery, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement (including Jim Crow laws, voting rights, school integration, etc.).
  • Compare and contrast the Civil Rights Movement with the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
  • Read and discuss The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine.
  • Read and discuss Storyworks (Scholastic magazine).
  • Read and discuss a play entitled “The Unstoppable Ruby Bridges” by Spencer Kayden.
  • Read and discuss several additional non-fiction pieces.
  • Examine poetry by African American poets.

Mr. Liddy’s and Ms. DeByls’ students will:

  • Examine the continent of Africa including its different countries and cultures.
  • Read, discuss, and research important figures and events in African American history (i.e., slavery; the Emancipation Proclamation; the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments; the civil rights movement).
  • Examine African American historical figures.
  • Read excerpts from narratives.

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Buzz Aldrin School

In our school community:

The entire school population will attend the movie, “Hidden Figures.” Also, the entire school community will participate in an African American History Assembly on February 24th at 1:00 pm.  African American History Month Celebration will highlight the achievements of people from all walks of life who have taken a stand against inequality and injustice. In addition, students and guests will participate in the assembly by doing some of the following; singing, dancing, reciting spoken word and reenacting historical events. This will actively engage students with experiences that help them connect historical and present day activism. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding about how such actions are not simply individual acts or isolated events done by troublemakers, but are “the practice of freedom” used to thwart injustice and ensure “liberty and justice for all.”

In our classrooms:

Ms. Mintz’s students will:

  • Dissect a speech or letter written by a prominent African American leader from any time period.
  • Create an art project (poster, collage, clay model, etc.) that expresses their speech or letter. They will present background information on the individual they have chosen and explain their speech to the class.

Ms. Legman’s students will:

  • View a slide show of successful black photographers - both men and women.
  • Discuss their work and how it was affected by the issues of civil rights in this country.

Ms. Robinson’s students will:

  • Read excerpts about notable African Americans throughout the month.
  • Use the information to address ELA reading and writing skills to summarize, analyze, compare and contrast, and determine cause and effect. In addition, each class will develop teams and do a short dramatic presentation of a historical event.
  • View and discuss short documentary films to accompany the text about some of the historical figures being read. View a slide show of successful black photographers - both men and women.

Mr. Strauss’ students will:

  • Explore the history of rock & roll and its role in the civil rights movement.

Ms. Khan’s students will:

  • Watch “A Time for Justice” (America's Civil Rights Movement)  
  • Discuss important figures in the Civil Rights Movement such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., The Little Rock Nine, and others.  
  • Discuss what Civil Rights are and why the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was important

Ms. McDonald’s students will:

  • Read and analyze a contemporary novel by an African American writer.  
  • Read about the lives and struggles of these teens, which many had never related to. 
  • Watch and examine the movie “Freedom Writers.”

Ms. Savoia’s students will:

  • Read mini-biographies about several notable African Americans in different areas of society; learn about several African Americans by playing a Kahoot activity.

Mr. Turner’s students will:

  • Create biographical booklets about an influential African American.

Ms. Murphy’s students will:

  • Complete the short story unit on African Americans authors.

Mr. Persad’s students will:

  • Complete a webquest via Google forms about influential African Americans throughout history.
  • Create video based questions (VBS’s) using video and Google forms to learn about influential African Americans.

Ms. Duddy’s students will:

  • Use quotes from famous African American writers.
  • Introduce the students to famous African American poets.

Ms. Babu’s students will:

  • Prepare poster/oral presentations on African-American/ people of color scientists/engineers who have contributed to our scientific community.
  • Respond to the thesis question: How does your scientists' ethnic background, gender, time period and/or culture influenced their contributions to the global society and to their communities?

Ms. Campbell-Kinnas’ students will:

  • Research the south in the 1930s during Jim Crow laws and segregation.
  • Examine the Scotsboro trials.
  • Read To Kill A Mockingbird.

Ms. Bernheim’s students will:

  • Read and discuss the life of Emmett Till and the impact that his death has had on the Civil Rights movement.
  • Read the Mississippi Trial, 1955.

Ms. Well’s students will:

  • Analyze historical events in movie history related to African Americans.

Ms. Woody’s students will:

  • Experience a conversation with Mr. Taylor.  He will discuss his experience serving in the Peace Corp.  He will speak in French.

Mr. Montesano’s students will:

  • Explore activities related to African American history.

Mr. Reissig’s students will:

  • 6th: Create murals celebrating the lives and contributions of African Americans.
  • 6th:  Research African Americans.
  • 6th:  Present their research and include said research on a class mural.
  • 7th:  Research the African American experience during the American Colonial and Revolutionary periods.
  • 7th:  Create artifacts that would be a “museum exhibit.”

Ms. Gary’s students will:

  • Understand and be inspired by the impact of African American contributions to engineering and computer science on society.

Ms. Leard’s students will:

  • Examine the art of Frank Morrison, who is an African American painter.

Mr. Lawton’s students will:

  • Analyze the movie “Hidden Figures.”
  • Write and perform literacy pieced from notable African American figures

Ms. Harriott’s students will:

  • Explore the presence and history of African culture in Latin America.

Mr. Cunado’s students will:

  • Discuss events associated with the civil rights movement and the desegregation of schools.

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Charles H. Bullock School

In our school community:

The entire school will participate in a celebration spotlighting Ruby Bridges.

In our classrooms:

Students will:

  • K:  Read and discuss the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1st: Watch a Brainpop Jr. about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and discuss their observations.
  • 2nd: Examine Ruby Bridges, Garrett A. Morgan and Jackie Robinson.
  • 3rd: Research historical African Americans and create posters about their research.
  • 4th:  Participate in read-alouds on Friday that feature different African Americans in history.
  • 5th: Provide daily morning messages that include an inspirational quote and/or mini biography of an African American trailblazer.

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Edgemont Montssori School

In our school community:

Student work will be displayed in the hallways and in classrooms. 

In our classrooms:

Mr. Mellman’s students will:

  • K:  Play a song game for the song “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”, which we will sing on our own. Once the students know the song, the students will practice reading a musical score of the song—at first with our own voices, and in time with the Ella Fitzgerald recording.
  • 1st :  Develop their own song game for Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train.”
  • 2nd:  Play a song game for the song “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” which we will sing on our own. Once the students know the song, the students will practice reading a musical score of the song—at first with our own voices, and in time with the Ella Fitzgerald recording.
  • 3rd:   Read a book, “When Marian Sang,” by Pam Munoz Ryan. This book tells the unique story of Marian Anderson, who faced incredible odds as she became a world-renowned black opera singer
  • 4th:   Study of “Doxy,” a simple jazz tune composed by Sonny Rollins, but performed in this recording with Miles Davis as the primary artist.
  • 5th:   Rap Run DMC, “Wake Up.”

 Ms. Lepari’s students will:

  • Highlight scientists in connection with the unit of student for that grade.

Ms. Melhuish’s students will:

  • Examine the quilt artist, Faith Ringgold.

Ms. Olivi’s students will:

  • Prepare for the 100th day by creating and inventing items for the 100th day museum (i.e., Garrett Morgan’s traffic signal).

Ms. Hart’s and Ms. Haggerty’s students will:

  • Read short biographies on different American Americans.

Ms. Dharsi’s students will:

  • Participate in read-alouds by Nina Giovanni, Aunt Harriet, Faith Ringgold and Langston Hughes.

Ms. Fiumara’s students will:

  • Investigate famous African American figures such as George Washington Carver, Louis Armstrong, Frederick Douglas, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni.

Ms. O’Conner’s students will:

  • Examine African kings/queens, riches, traditions, dress, music and kingdoms.
  • Create folktales and proverbs.
  • Analyze the middle passage.
  • Explore civil rights.

Ms. Alvarado’s and Ms. Fagan’s students will:

  • Read various books from the Who Was Series and other leveled biographies on various African American figures in history.
  • Research an era that their biography of choice took place.

Ms. Sheehan’s and Ms. Passamano’s students will:

  • Read and discuss famous African American people during morning meetings.
  • Read an article about Ruby Bridges and color code text evidence to answer comprehension questions.
  • Research early years, education, famous quotes, and recognitions about famous African Americans.

Ms. Fiumara’s students will:

  • Investigate the lives and works of African American inventors, scientists, writers.
  • Create pictorial timelines of George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and/or any of the other African American figures, artists or writers.
  • Analyze the bravery of Harriet Tubman.
  • Explore the concept of migrations: the forced migration of Africans to America, the migrations of slaves to the North to seek freedom, the migrations of people from every country of the world to America. 
  • Examine the exodus of African Americans in 1916 from their homes in the South to northern industrial cities in search of better lives.
  • Experience dramatic poetry by African American poets (i.e., Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni).  

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Glenfield Middle School

In our school community:

The entire school will participate in the Annual African American Career Day.

In our classrooms:

Ms. O’Sullivan’s students will:

  • Complete a scientist research project.

Ms. Scazafave’s students will:

  • Watch and discuss the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ms. Parker’s students will:

  • Participate in a read-a-thon.
  • Participate in website studies.

Ms. Dominick’s students will:

  • Examine the poetry of several African American poets.

Ms. Julian’s students will:

  • Research the history of spirituals.

Ms. Anderson’s students will:

  • Examine the Harlem Renaissance.

Mr. Pelli’s students will:

  • Complete a field trip proposal highlighting a New Jersey location essential to the celebration of African American History month.

House Lofrano teachers will ask their students to:

  • Read the Six-Word Memoirs about Race.

Mr. Blogett’s students will:

  • View the African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.
  • Read and discuss important speeches in African American history.

Ms. Aguero’s, Mr. Ochoa’s, Ms. Quatorze’s and Ms. Canela’s students will:

  • Experience musical selections with influence from Africa.

World Language Department’s students will:

  • Explore African Americans in Latin American and African Hispanic athletes

Ms. McGinnis’students will:

  • Watch Watsons go to Birmingham.
  • Complete a “Famous Firsts” research materials.

Ms. Jones’ students will:

  • Watch Watsons go to Birmingham.
  • Complete Civil Rights history lesson.

Ms. Armstead’s students will:

  • Complete African American history “Do Now” activities.

Ms. Smith’s students will:

  • Read Bluford High series.

Ms. Thompson’s students will:

  • Discuss “Hidden Figures.”

Ms. Zapantis’ and Ms. Etter’s students will:

  • Watch “20 Feet from Stardom.”
  • Discuss the role of African American women in the music industry.

Ms. Comeau’s students will:

  • Examine the artist Shephard Fairey’s contemporary work made in conjunction with the inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington.
  • Create pot decorations from Central African and plant dyes from Zaire.

Ms. Barroso’s students will:

  • Read To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Discuss Jim Crow laws.

Ms. Cario’s students will:

  • Discuss the Scottsboro Trial and the case of Emmett Till.

Mr. Turner’s students will:

  • Read Hidden Figures.

Ms. Ruehle’s students will:

  • Discuss Henrietta Lacks and the importance of her contributions to modern day science (HELA cells).

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Hillside School

In our school community:

The entire school will display student work in the hallways and classrooms.

In our classrooms:

Ms. Chung’s and Mr. Siebert’s students will:

  • Complete wax museum project.

Ms. Towery’s students will:

  • Present African American presentations.

Ms. Hakusa’s student will:

  • Research African Americans.
  • Read various pieces by famous African Americas.
  • Write fun facts about African Americans.

Ms. Hart’s, Mr. Bongiovanni’s and Ms. Tripucka’s students will:

  • Write essay relating to African American figures and/or events.

Ms. Chung’s students will:

  • Participate in the annual live African American wax museum.

Ms. Murphy’s and Mr. Hart’s students will:

  • Read and discuss African American biographies.

Ms. Frankle’s students will:

  • Read a variety of nonfiction texts and biographies of African Americans shaping American history.

Ms. Gorcica’s students will:

  • Complete book report and read-alouds.

Mr. Hill’s students will:

  • Read and discuss multiple African American pieces that share American history.

Ms. Gerdes’ students will:

  • Examine the achievements of African Americans and other people of color.

Ms. Smith’s students will:

  • Create postage stamps based on African American mathematicians and scientists.

Ms. Scriffiano’s students will:

  • Create a living biography museum poster project.
  • Create a biography report.
  • Participate in read alouds related to African American History.

Ms. Eckardt’s students will:

  • Read various non-fiction text articles relating to African Americans.
  • Research projects relating to African Americans.

Ms. Mailman’s students will:

  • Complete an African American History oral report.
  • Research an African American mathematician, scientist, or inventor.

Ms. Longmore’s students will:

  • Research African American figures and events.

Mr. Adamo’s students will:

  • Read and watch the story of Ruby Bridges.
  • Write journal response about what it would be like if our nation’s schools were segregated today.
  • Read African American biographies.

Ms. Piller’s students will:

  • Read and explore the lives of a variety of African Americans.
  • Research African Americans.
  • Complete an in-class project relating to an African American.

Ms. Johnson’s students will:

  • Complete a freedom quilt.
  • Explore the Little Rock Nine.
  • Research famous African Americans.

Ms. Bostic’s students will:

  • Explore a famous African American timeline.
  • Examine famous African American scientists and mathematicians.

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Montclair High School

In our school community:

The student government and faculty will present “Who Am I” during morning announcements highlighting African Americans and their achievements throughout history in the form of a quiz for students.

In our classrooms:

School of Visual and Performing Arts’ students will:

  • Music – Perform instrumental music by African American composers.
  • Dance – Research influential African American women.
  • Dance – Write a paper about the contributions of African American women. 
  • Visual Art – Research African American artists/designers.
  • Visual Art –Write a paper about African American artists/designers.
  • Visual Art –View a film entitled The Learning Tree.
  • Visual Art – Create a small documentary about an African American artist in iMovie.

Social Studies students will:

  • Explore issues associated with Black history including: The Million Man March, Impact of Rap music on youth culture, African-Americans in politics, Affirmative Action, the Black Middle Class and the Achievement Gap.

Ms. Robertson’s and Ms. Velez’s students will:

  • Examine an African American quote of the day.

World Language students will:

  • French classes – examine the influence of the African world on French life and culture.
  • French classes – discuss the works of prominent African/African American leaders.
  • German classes – examine African-American artists and athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their careers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Italian classes – research Italian songs by African-American singers (jazz and opera).
  • Italian classes – read newspaper and magazine articles on related topics.
  • Spanish classes – watch the film, Maricela.
  • Spanish classes – listen to music from the Caribbean and South American countries to discern the influence of African music and instruments on the music of these places.

The science students will:

  • Biology – Create reports on famous scientists.
  • Biology – Complete an internet assignment relative to famous African American scientists.
  • AP Biology and AP Environmental Science – examine African American scientists.
  • Chemistry – research an African American chemist.
  • Chemistry – create an obituary African American chemist.
  • Chemistry – create a poster presentation on a famous chemist.
  • Chemistry – examine the life of Percy Julian.
  • Physics – create a report on famous contemporary physicists.
  • Physics – create a poster on famous contemporary physicists.

Students receiving individualized support will:

  • Research famous African American Scientists.
  • Explore modern African American mathematicians.
  • Examine colonialism in Africa.
  • Read African American biographies.
  • Critique motion pictures examining various aspects of African American culture. 

The Civic and Government Institute (CGI) students will:

  • Participate in an African American Achievement dinner on February 23rd at 7:00pm.

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Nishuane School

In our school community:

Cultural infusion morning broadcast share will celebrate African American Leaders.  Equally as important, there will be a school Premiere Dance Theatre performance on February 28, 2017 at 10:00 am.

In our classrooms:

Students in the first grade will:

  • Complete Black Leader “Can Biography Projects.”

Ms. Garon’s and Ms. Bracy’s students will:

  • Present and share African American biography projects to the class.
  • Read books that focus on famous African Americans both past and present.
  • Poetry that focuses on African American poets.
  • Comprehension activities during IDR- Students read a small passage about a famous African American man or woman and answer attached questions.
  • Listen to traditional African music that slaves sang on plantations.
  • Read The Drinking Gourd with the class and discuss the Underground Railroad.

Ms. Mulvaney’s and Ms. Staltar’s students will:

  • Listen to read alouds and complete center activities related to Black History Month. Activities will include; creating timelines, recording facts and responding to writing prompts. 
  • Learn about; Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, George Washington Carver and more. Students are also completing a can "Biography Project."
  • Present and share their projects so students can learn about all of the important leaders. 

Mr. Hastings’ students will:

  • Complete a KWL chart (what do you know about African American History Month and what do you wonder about it? Students will record their responses on their KWL charts in their Social Studies packets).
  • Read about different important African American figures.
  • Examine ten African American figures
  • Complete a “Biography” page in their Social Studies packets.
  • Read various poems by Langston Hughes.

Ms. Martire’s students will:

  • Read aloud biographies and participate in discussions regarding the contributions of famous African Americans like Martin Luther King Jr., Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Barack Obama, etc.
  • Share Famous African American book reports written by the students in Room 214.
  • Read various poetry by Langston Hughes.
  • Create posters demonstrating new information regarding famous African Americans in our history.
  • Complete leveled reading on Raz-Kids (George Washington Carver, Barack Obama, etc.).

Ms. Keller’s students will:

  • Read African folktales and map out what area of Africa they came from on large child.
  • Read short biographies of African -American inventors, explorers, leaders and writers.
  • Read “28 Days.”
  • Explore one African American fact each day during morning meeting.

Mr. O’Connor’s students will:

  • Present facts about famous African-Americans in morning meeting.
  • Read books about famous African-Americans.
  • Create a bulletin board about a famous African-American.

Ms. Bowen’s students will:

  • Learn about jazz music and the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Read “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and learn about Ruby Bridges.

Ms. Marcellus’ students will:

  • Study General Colin Powell, James Earl Jones, Ruby Bridges, George Washington Carver, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Former President Barack Obama, Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Reggie Jackson.
  • Read a variety of African American books.
  • Write a report, with adult assistance, regarding an African American that they admire.  

Ms. White’s students will:

  • Listen to read-alouds about influential African Americans.
  • Complete a booklet highlighting famous African Americans.
  • Learn the words to the Black National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice."
  • Collect facts, and write an informative text.

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Northeast School

In our school community:

The entire school will display student work in the hallways and classrooms.

In our classrooms:

Ms. Assuntino, Ms. Morris, Ms Maliszewski’s students will:

  • Complete African American History group posters.

Ms. Ferguson’s students will:

  • Complete African History quilt.
  • Analyze quotes from famous African Americans.

Ms. Steele’s students will:

  • Discuss Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges.

Ms. Hermida’s students will:

  • Complete African American History research projects.

Ms. Villalobos's and Ms. Alday's students will:

  • Complete Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly biographies.

Ms. Rebel's students will:

  • Discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges.

Mr. Greenhalgh's students will:

  • Complete African American History scavenger hunt.

Mr. Dey’s students will:

  • Participate in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. songs.

Ms. Lawrence’s students will:

  • Discuss Ruby Bridges and Maya Angelou through stories and poetry.

Ms. Ayres’s students will:

  • Discuss notable African Americans.
  • Complete individual research projects.

Ms. Couden’s, Ms. Viereck’s and Ms. Jecki’s students will:

  • Discuss notable African Americans.
  • Complete individual research projects.

Ms. Platzman’s students will:

  • Read Ruby Bridges.

Ms. Martin’s students will:

  • Read and discuss biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ms. Lorusso’s students will:

  • Research notable African Americans.
  • Write a paragraph noting African Americans’ accomplishments.

Ms. Garvey-Gustafson’s student will:

  • Examine Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges through stories, discussions and craft.

Ms. Damiano’s, Ms. McKeever’s and Ms. Baskin’s students will:

  • Complete African American History read-aloud and poster.

Ms. McCann’s, Ms. Whang’s and Maher’s students will:

  • Reach newspaper articles about African Americans.
  • Analyze text, “Searching for Etta Mae Taylor.”
  • Research facts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Create a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poster.

Ms. Franklin’s students will:

  • Participate in book discussion.

Fifth grade students will:

  • Deliver daily morning announcements highlighting significant contributions by African Americans.

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Renaissance at Rand Middle School

In our school community:

The Premiere Dance Theatre will perform their rendition of various events that highlight important contributions from African Americans.  The performance will last approximately an hour and ten minutes. The event will be held at the Montclair High School auditorium on February 28, 2017.

In our classrooms:

The 6th grade students will:

  • Complete a comparison project looking at the works of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. regarding the topic of civil disobedience
  • Create a float highlighting the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 7th grade students will:

  • Participate in book readings from the Civil Right Movement that culminates in a discussion during advisories.

The 8th grade students will:

  • Complete a “Who, What, Where, When, and Why” Project on selected topics from historical figures from the Post-Civil War era to the Post-Civil Rights Era.

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Watchung School

In our school community:

The entire school will participate in a celebration through dance, music, dramatic interpretation and the spoken word. Also, select students will express their appreciation of African American music at the February Montclair Board of Education Meeting.

In our classrooms:

Students in each classroom will:

  • Examine prominent figures within the African American community who have added or changed our society (literature readings and projects will be displayed).
  • Analyze the concept of equity through whole class discussions and a question and answer session. 

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Updated: 2/28/2017