Center for Urban Education Resources

Challenges Across Centuries: Historical Frames

Concise Summaries: Major Challenges in African American History

Individual Determination

Confronting Challenges

Decision Points


Analyze African American History: Read Closely, then Analyze a Claim's Evidence

Develop Literacy and Expand Black History Knowledge comprehensive literacy guide





Biographies and Biography Analyzers
Reading level indicated is based on standard readability formulas; concept levels usually are higher in nonfiction than quantitative measures.




Realistic Fiction




Spirituals and Civil Rights Anthems with Guided Interpretation

aligned with CCSSR5: Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


Visual Art Connections



Internet Resource Links

For biographies and first-hand accounts by African Amerians who have shaped history, go to:

NEH has organized resources that connect humanities to the Common Core—

Resources from the Library of Congress

The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

American Memory: The Civil Rights Era


Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library


More Resources

You can apply the Center's resources to expand learning about African American history

with any literature or nonfiction and visual materials:

use reading and writing guides to literature and nonfiction about African Americans;

guide students to interpret and create art that represents individuals, eras, and themes of

African American history.