The focus of these nine units, developed for grades five through high school, is the history of people of color in Rhode Island, primarily the story of peoples of African and Native American decent. These lesson units were developed as part of a project thanks to a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

Unit Plans

A Key to Understanding

Students examine early Narragansett history through early documents

Grades

5 to 6
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Any Sort of Labor

Students learn about free and enslaved Africans in early Rhode Island.

Grades

5 to 6
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A Better World

Examine documents pertaining to the service of African Americans in Rhode Island during World War II

Grades

7 to 8
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Notice: To Be Sold

This unit uses primary documents to teach the presence and effect of slavery in the northern colonies and eventually the United States. The history of Rhode Island mirrors the nation.

Grades

7 to 8
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Stay on the Ball

Students examine letters exchanged between an African American husband and wife during the husband's service in World War II to catch a glimpse of racial relations at war and at home.

Grades

9 to 12
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Citizens All

This issue of suffrage and the Dorr War

Grades

9 to 12
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Just and Right as Any Trade

Students examine letters between two brothers: one an abolitionist and one an ardent enslaver

Grades

9 to 12
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Twelve Bushels of Indian Corn

Exploring the issue of Indian enslavement in Rhode Island following King Philip's War

Grades

9 to 12
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Here is Our Chance

This unit explores issues of fair employment during and after World War II

Grades

9 to 12
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