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Special Collection: Powerful Storyworks Stories for Black History Month

 

 

We delved into the Storyworks archives to bring you some of our most beloved stories for Black History Month, from a powerful play about a kid who led a series of sit-down strikes to a gripping nonfiction article about the co-discoverer of the North Pole. We hope you enjoy sharing these stories with your students.

 

Dr. King Is My Grandpa

Like her famous grandfather, Yolanda Renee King is making a difference — and she thinks you can too.

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A Man Who Changed America
Watch a video to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.
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A Color for Everyone
Watch a video interview with Bellen Woodard.
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Frozen Dreams

Matthew Henson helped discover the North Pole. It would
take many years for the world to discover him.

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Research Kit
This activity prepares students to create a research project
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Beyond the Story: History's Forgotten Heroes
Introduce fascinating lesser-known heroes
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This Is What Courage Looks Like

During a troubled time in U.S. history, one 15-year-old girl stood up to injustice—and helped change America

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Time Machine: The 1950s
The sights and sounds of 1950s America
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Theme
Students will explore the theme of the play
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Your World

An inspiring poem from a popular Harlem Renaissance writer.

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Lesson Plan
A step-by-step guide to teaching this poem
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Close Reading & Critical Thinking
Answer close reading questions about the poem
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Understanding Poetry
Students think about the meaning of the words in the poem
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Ayanna the Brave

How one 7-year-old fought segregation in Oklahoma City

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A step-by-step guide to teaching this play
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How Kids Changed the World
Watch a video narrated by Ayanna Najuma
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Research Kit
This activity prepares students to create a research project
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Let Them Play!

A true story of baseball, racism, and the Little League champs who never got to play

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Lesson Plan
A step-by-step guide to teaching this play
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Finding the Theme
This activity will help students figure out the play's important idea
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Understanding Setting
Answer questions to understand setting
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I Have a Dream

This powerful historical-fiction play is based on an important episode from Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood.

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A step-by-step guide to teaching this play
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A Historical Setting
Answer questions to understand the setting
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Martin’s Dream
Analyze a speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
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The Unstoppable Ruby Bridges

Our inspiring historical-fiction play tells the story of how a 6-year-old girl helped lead the way to school integration.

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A step-by-step guide to teaching this play
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Ruby’s Theme
Students will answer questions about the play's theme
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Civil Rights Words
Learn words and phrases related to the Civil Rights movement
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Freedom or Death

Your students will be riveted by the story of Robert Smalls, an enslaved person who, in 1862, commandeered a Southern ship to free his family—and became a renowned Civil War hero.

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Lesson Plan
A step-by-step guide to teaching this article
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In the Time of Robert Smalls
This video introduces the Civil War and Reconstruction periods
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Writing a Summary
Students will write a summary of the article
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Art Credits: Dr. King is My Grandpa: Phil Skinner/AP Images for Scholastic Inc.; Frozen Dreams: Art by Randy Pollak;Marcel Jancovic/Shutterstock.com (dogs); This Is What Courage Looks Like: ©Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos (March); Bettmann/Getty Images (MLK); The Granger Collection (Sit In); Bettmann/Getty Images (Rosa Parks); ©Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos (Vote); Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images (Dog); Hulton Archive/Getty Images (Protest); Your World: Susan Swan; Ayanna the Brave: JOHN MELTON COLLECTION/OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY; Let Them Play!: JOHN JAY CABUAY; I Have a Dream: FRANCIS MILLER/THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES; The Unstoppable Ruby Bridges: AP PHOTO;  Freedom or Death: ARCHIVE PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES