17 concepts for instructing juniteenth within the classroom
July 4th is widely known as a holiday celebrating independence, but many people also celebrate Freedom Day – June. Juneteeth is held annually on June 19 to commemorate June 19, 1865 when federal orders in Galveston, Texas read that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. This was an important day in history and in the fight against American slavery and is celebrated across the country with barbecues, parades, hearty reunions, and more. Below are 17 ideas on how to teach the Juneteenth children.
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Books on Juneteenth
1. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
Mazie is ready to celebrate freedom, liberty, and a great day in American history.
2. Now very different: Juneteenth, Angela Johnson’s first day of freedom
Through the eyes of a little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first of June, the day when the last slaves in the south were finally freed.
3. Juneteenth (On My Own Holidays) by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson & Drew Nelson
June 19, 1865 began another hot day in Texas. Follow African American slaves when they receive the message that slavery is over!
4. The History of Juneteenth: An Interactive History Adventure by Steven Otfinoski
This YOU CHOOSE book offers multiple perspectives on the story surrounding the history of Juneteenth.
5. Sophie and Lelah celebrate June 10th by L. Monique Gonzales
Sophie and Lelah are first cousins and best friends who embark on a journey of self-discovery after one of the girls suffers a minor injury at a family reunion. This is how they get to know Juneteenth and discover the importance of family.
6. Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford
Follow Cassandra and her family as they move to Texas. It doesn’t quite feel like home until her family has a surprise in store for her! A Texas tradition.
7. What is Juneteenth?
Many people ask, “What is the Juneteenth?” Learn more about the African American celebration with this cartoon exploring fun facts about the Juneteenth and why it is celebrated in the United States of America.
8. June 10th celebration
In this Juneteenth for Kids episode, Franky and Bernard don’t get along. Ms. Meetry takes her to a lesson on how African Americans celebrate the end of slavery with Juneteenth on July 19.
9. Juneteenth from PBS Kids
As part of the PBS Kids All About Holidays series, this educational video introduces children to the Juneteenth.
10. The importance of Juneteenth
For many black Americans, Juneteenth is an important official holiday in almost all 50 states. But what is Juneteenth? And why do many black Americans refer to this day as “Second Independence Day”?
11. Why is June 10th such an important holiday?
Have you heard of Juneteenth? It’s a holiday you may not know about, but given recent events, its history is more timely than ever.
Educational Resources for Juneteenth
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The story of Juneteenth recognizes the tough story while empowering students to be advocates for change. This guide and study plan will help teachers prepare better to cover this incredibly important chapter in American history.
13. Juniteenth activities on TPT
Word search, scavenger hunt, posters, and everything in between. This is a great place to start if you’re looking for Juneteenth activities to add to your classroom.
14. Juniteenth lesson on fairness
Designed for grades 3 to 5, the students will pursue these basic questions: What clues help me to recognize when and how people are being treated unfairly? How is my life easier or more difficult depending on who I am and where I was born?
15. Juniteenth lesson on identity
For 3rd to 5th grade students, you will explore questions such as: How can I describe my group identity and compare it to other people’s? Can words about identity hurt people? How can I ask people about their lives and experiences in a respectful, friendly and understanding manner?
16. Juniteenth: Teaching culture as resistance
Suitable for grades 6-8, this learning plan contains the essential questions: What makes us what we are? How are our identities shaped by society today? How does it feel to be belittled or criticized for identity? How do different parts of our identity combine to make us who we are? What is the difference between pride and superiority?
17. Four ways to celebrate June 15 with students
Over the years, Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, has evolved into a time for family and community-oriented local celebrations. But many are still looking for ways to establish rituals and traditions that recognize one of the most important historical events in our young country’s past. This resource offers suggestions for some ways to bring Juneteenth to your school.
Do you have any other ideas for teaching Juneteenth? Share in the comments below.
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